The future of the office for life sciences

Posted on August 6, 2010 by

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Lord Willis asked a question about the future of the Office for Life Sciences

Asked by Lord Willis of Knaresborough

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for funding the Office for Life Sciences.[HL1648]

Which was answered by Baroness Wilcox from the Department for Business

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): The Office for Life Sciences was established in January 2009 comprising officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), HM Treasury, the Department of Health and UKTI. The OLS had a remit to work with the life sciences industry to build a sustainable and integrated industry in the UK in the future. Its work culminated in the Life Sciences Blueprint, published in July 2009, followed by Life Sciences 2010: Delivering the Life Sciences Blueprint, published in January 2010.

In May 2010, the OLS was restructured with all staff now funded by my department through its normal running costs. The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will continue to work to improve the UK business environment for life sciences companies. This will be based on close and collaborative working between BIS and DH Ministers and their officials.