Claire Skentelbery, Nanotechnology Industries Association, Belgium
After a degree in agriculture and PhD in plan biochemistry, Claire decided upon different direction than following a career at the bench. She entered scientific marketing, working within the UK biotech sector, followed by a role as the SME National Contact Point for biotech in FP5. This gave her the contacts and experience to become independent, working across the biotech sector in technical writing and marketing, closely involved with the biotech business network in Cambridge UK. During this time, she was part of the founding team behind the Council of European BioRegions, which she then managed and transferred to Brussels in 2009. She took on an additional role running the European Biotechnology Network, until she left both organisations and became Director General of the Nanotechnology Industries Association in 2017.