Dr Joe Watts

Senior Team Leader at Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Office for Life Sciences

Senior Team Leader, Innovation and Growth, Office for Life Sciences, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Junior Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Joseph Watts is a senior policy official in the UK Government based in the Office for Life Sciences, a strategy, policy and implementation unit, jointly reporting to the Business and Health Departments. He is responsible for driving forward the departments ambitions in genomics and genomic-based healthcare, collaborating with industry, academia, the NHS and Genomics England. Prior to joining the Civil Service he was a research scientist, specialising in medicinal chemistry and structure-based drug-design. He is continually seeking ways to improve policy and delivery within Government based on a sound understanding of the subject matter and rigorous use of data and analytics.

In his previous role as Head of Regional Testing Sites, NHS Test & Trace for the Department of Health and Scoial Care he delivered a network of ~50 drive through testing sites and more than 400 Covid testing facilities nationwide.

Dr Joseph Watts holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry "The Synthesis of A-Ring Fluorinated Bile Acid Analogues" and MChem both awarded from the University of Southampton.