Kaylene Larking is an industrial chemist with 10 years’ experience managing research companies responsible for collaborative Research and Development portfolios for the agricultural sector. She has managed three different Government/Industry funded Research Partnerships over that period and is currently the Manager of MIA Innovation Limited for the Meat Industry Association; which seeks to improve returns from red meat for meat processors. The challenge of working across various science disciplines with multiple industry organisations and research providers has helped shape her understanding and appreciation of R&D in the agricultural sector.