A Brief History of Leaf Expression Systems and Hypertrans®  

  • 2007

    Funded by BBSRC, John Innes Centre researchers Professor George Lomonossoff and Dr Frank Sainsbury develop Hypertrans®, a plant-based system for producing useful proteins

  • 2008

    Hypertrans® research is published in the journal Plant Physiology

  • 2009

    A user-friendly Hypertrans® vector system, developed by Professor George Lomonosoff, Dr Frank Sainsbury and Dr Eva Thuenamann, is launched

  • 2012

    Professor George Lomonosoff wins the BBSRC innovator of the year award for his work with Dr Frank Sainsbury on Hypertrans®

  • 2015

    Funding for Leaf Expression Systems secured through BBSRC

  • 2016 - June

    Building work on the Leaf Expression Systems facility commences

  • 2016 - August

    Appointment of Dr Steven Powell as Executive Director and Phil Cater as Operations Director

  • 2016 - December

    Completion of build

  • 2017 - January

    Leaf Expression Systems facility officially opened by Science Minister Jo Johnson MP

  • 2017 - April

    Grant awarded by SBRI

  • 2017 - June

    Grant awarded by Horizon 2020

  • 2017 - December

    Grant awarded by UKVRDN

  • 2018

    Simon Saxby appointed CEO