Jim Philp (PhD) is a microbiologist who has worked as a policy analyst since 2011 at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, specialising in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and biomass sustainability. He has been an academic for about sixteen years researching environmental and industrial biotechnology: bioremediation, biosensors, wastewater science and engineering. He became involved with various UK government initiatives in biotechnology, such as Biotechnology Means Business, and BioWise. He was a coordinator of the LINK Bioremediation Programme, at the academic-industrial interface for about six years. In all he spent 8.5 years working for Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia as an oil biotechnologist, investigating field problems related to chemistry and microbiology, and developing biotechnology solutions for improved oil recovery and exploitation. He has authored over 300 articles. In 2015 he was inducted into Who’s Who. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015.