Simon Andrews leads Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd, the headquarters for UK Fraunhofer Centres. He also supports the first of these, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, based at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. He seeks to create further UK-German engagement and establish further centres, around the UK, which will also follow the proven German model of providing professional R&D services to industry, whilst staying connected to excellent research in the university sector. Simon is a physicist and engineer who spent many years in the photonics and medical device industries, often taking innovation from concept to market. His love of excellent science and practical innovation have driven his efforts on both sides, and in the middle of, the technical and commercial ‘valley of death’.