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Life Sciences Industrial Strategy launch: Biochemical Society response

The Biochemical Society welcomes yesterday’s launch of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, supported by Government and led by Sir John Bell, which sets out proposals to help the UK's life sciences sector become an international benchmark for success. 

Responding to the launch, Biochemical Society Trustee, Professor Richard Reece, said:

“We are pleased to see such an ambitious plan laid out by Professor Sir John Bell to build the UK’s status as a world leader in life sciences. The focus on exploiting the power of the NHS whilst retaining the capacity for high-risk 'moon-shot' research programmes is particularly appealing.

We hope that the report recommendations will ensure the molecular biosciences are well-placed to play a leading role in creating a prosperous and dynamic future for UK science. 

The Biochemical Society fed into the Industrial Strategy consultation in April via the Royal Society of Biology and we are also contributing to the current House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry on Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy. We look forward to working with the Government and other partners to deliver the new strategy and ensure the UK continues to attract skilled biochemists from the EU and beyond.”



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About the Biochemical Society

The Biochemical Society promotes the future of molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges.

We achieve our mission by:

• Supporting the next generation of biochemists; promoting the opportunities offered by biochemistry and molecular biology through education and training from age 15 upwards
• Bringing together molecular bioscientists; fostering connections and providing a platform for collaboration and networking across our membership and the wider community to ensure a strong future for molecular biosciences in both academia and industry
• Promoting and sharing knowledge; enabling the circulation of scientific information through meetings, publications and public engagement to support innovation, inform decision-making and advance biochemistry and molecular biology
• Promoting the importance of our discipline; highlighting the role of molecular biosciences in interdisciplinary and translational research, while supporting the fundamental research that underpins applied studies