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Sector News

Sector News

Lords Committee launches inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy. Please follow the link below to access the Call for Evidence which outlines the scope of the inquiry and invites written submissions. Please note that the Committee is interested in hearing views from both inside and outside of the life sciences sector.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 15 September 2017. 

Instruct European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC) inaugural event


Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson spoke at the inaugural event for Instruct, the structural biology ERIC.

Jo  Johnson MP said:

UK Research and Innovation Chief Exec Designate outlines vision

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation, has given a speech outlining the vision, objectives and next steps in development for the organisation.

Be the best research and innovation agency

Additional responsibilities for Medicines Discovery Catapult

The board of directors of the Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) and the Precision Medicine Catapult (PMC) have proposed the transfer of some aspects of the scientific mission of PMC to the MDC.

MDC will now focus on: medicines; diagnostics; biomarkers; early-stage clinical trial support. They believe the move reflects the change in precision medicine becoming mainstream and integrated within modern drug discovery, and will drive efficiencies and serve as a community one-stop shop for all drug-based approaches. The PMC will close as an entity in its own right.

£15 million boost for 50 cutting-edge projects


£15 million boost for 50 cutting-edge projects

Innovate UK Funding will support UK businesses to take forward cutting-edge and game-changing projects leading to new products, processes or services.

Introduction of Space Industry Bill shows UK’s commitment to commercial spaceflight

The Bill, which was outlined in the Queen’s Speech, is a clear signal of the UK’s commitment to enabling commercial spaceflight from UK spaceports, and a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to ensure the UK businesses capture a share of this emerging global market.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy - Government pledge to meet JET project funding.


The government has signalled its willingness to maintain research collaboration with European partners after the UK leaves the EU by committing to underwrite UK funding for the Joint European Torus (JET) project, the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced today (27 June 2017).

2017 PraxisUnico Impact Award Winners


The winners of the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals, organised by PraxisUnico and supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), were announced last night at a black-tie ceremony in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, in front of over 250 invited guests from universities, research institutes, industry and government. 

The Impact Awards recognise and celebrate the vital role KEC professionals play in maximising impact from research.

Lab Innovations – back for 2017!


Lab Innovations – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory technology, analytical and biotech equipment – returns for its sixth consecutive year on 1 & 2 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. With the largest gathering of laboratory suppliers in the UK, this free-to-attend show has lots on offer for professionals across a wide range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to food and drink. 

Early public and private investment speeds up innovation

UK businesses can benefit from a mix of government grants and private equity. See examples and an opportunity to access both simultaneously.