Fraser Black

Photo: Chief Executive Officer, Crop Health & ProtectionFraser Black
Chief Executive Officer, Crop Health & Protection

Fraser is the CEO of CHAP (Crop health and Protection ) whose aim is to increase crop productivity for future generations through the uptake of new technologies.

Fraser was a Biology Honours graduate of Edinburgh University, following which he spent two years at NERC Institute of Virology, Oxford, as a research scientist before moving to the first step in his commercial roles with Amersham International. Fraser has over 30 years’ commercial experience (sales, marketing, and business and market development) in the Bioscience industry.

He lived and worked in UK, Germany and the US gaining increasing management responsibility and seniority across a variety of sectors that included President of Hoefer Pharmacia, San Francisco, Vice-President of Service, Americas for Amersham Biosciences and Global GM for Scientific Asset Services for GE Healthcare, Life Science Division.

More recently Fraser has taken leadership roles as Managing Director of BioCity Scotland and latterly as Managing Director of James Hutton Limited where the emphasis has been very much on the interface of academia, industry and government to drive industry lead Commercialisation of IP by building a Professional Services delivery approach. Fraser has a passion for both the development and adoption of innovation to drive health and wealth.

Fraser has served on the Board of Opportunity North East which secured £30M for a Life Science Innovation Hub in Aberdeen and is a member of The Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group that advises the Scottish Government, that has just launched a 5 year strategy for Life Sciences Scotland.  Fraser is married with 2 teenage children and a regular swimmer.