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Second Life Sciences Sector Deal Published

In August 2017, a coalition of industry and charity partners, led by Professor Sir John Bell, published a report into the life sciences industry – Life Sciences: Industrial Strategy – setting out recommendations for the UK life sciences industry. The report outlined the significant competitive advantages the UK possesses, as well as areas where key developments could fix issues which have slowed down growth. In response to this report, the government published the first Life Sciences Sector Deal, a key component of the Industrial Strategy. Read more

Biorefining Potential for Scotland, A new report from Zero Waste Scotland

In 2015, Scottish Enterprise published “The Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland” on behalf of the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group (SIBDG), which sets out the key actions required to identify the barriers and risks faced by companies and potential investors to enable the more established biorefinery technologies. The Roadmap aims to increase industrial biotechnology turnover to £900 million by 2025. Read more

Government Publishes paper on ‘Collaboration on science and innovation: A Future Partnership Paper’

The United Kingdom wants to build a new, deep and special partnership with the European Union. This paper is part of a series setting out key issues which form part of the Government’s vision for that partnership, and which will explore how the UK and the EU, working together, can make this a reality.

Each paper will reflect the engagement the Government has sought from external parties with expertise in these policy areas, and will draw on the very extensive work undertaken across Government since last year’s referendum. Taken together, these papers are an essential step towards building a new partnership to promote our shared interests and values.

Read the paper here.

Industrial Strategy Green Paper Launched

Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The Government has launched its green paper on the Industrial Strategy – “Building our Industrial Strategy” – available here. The paper contains a set of proposals that will impact upon research and development in the UK, and an invitation to contribute to their continued development.

The Industrial Strategy is still very much in the consultation stage, so we would encourage you look through the paper and respond where appropriate (details on how to respond can be found on page 8 of the paper).

New BBSRC report on the Bioeconomy

New BBSRC report on the Bioeconomy

The 26th July marked the launch of an assessment of evidence on the contribution of, and growth opportunities in, the bioeconomy in the United Kingdom.
The bioeconomy includes all economic activity derived from bio-based products and processes such as the production of crops or the manufacture of the latest bio-based medical therapies. These contribute to sustainable and resource-efficient solutions to the challenges we face in food, chemicals, materials, energy production, health and environmental protection.
“Evidencing the Bioeconomy” is an evidence-based review of both the contribution of the bioeconomy to the UK economy and the prospects for growth. The report was commissioned by BBSRC and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Important findings include:
The bioeconomy is a significant sector for the overall UK economy: In 2014 the whole bioeconomy generated approximately £220Bn in Gross Value Added (GVA) and supported 5.2 million jobs. This was 13.6% of total GVA and is similar to the combined value of the construction and financial services industries
The UK is one of the leading countries in a number of important areas of research and innovation that underpin the bioeconomy: In respect of field-weighted citation impact, which is a measure of the ‘quality’ of research, the UK is ranked number one globally
You can download the full report here.

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