Browsing All posts tagged under »growth«

Check out David Willetts on Cancer Research UK’s blog

June 14, 2012 by


The Minister for Universities and Science has guest posted on Cancer Research UK's blog.

What health researchers want to see in the government’s research and innovation strategy

September 14, 2011 by


Cancer Research UK has looked at what we need to support world-class health research in the UK and made recommendations to government on how to achieve this. This is good timing as the government is developing a research and innovation strategy and will be publishing a further instalment of the ‘Plan for Growth’ in the […]

£800 million allocated for translational research

August 18, 2011 by


The government has just  allocated £800 million of grants over the next five years for translational research i.e. research focused on pulling new scientific discoveries into treatments that will benefit patients. This work will be in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR – the research-focused part of the NHS) centres and units, collaborating with charities and […]

Research on the radio…

August 10, 2011 by


In case you weren’t glued to your radio on Sunday evening, In Business on Radio 4 had a really interesting programme looking at Pfizer’s closure of it’s labs in Kent and the changing model for pharmaceutical business and how they invest in research… The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is closing most of its giant research facility […]

Why are we worried about patenting?

May 5, 2011 by


Last week, a French judge ruled that you should not be able to patent scientific techniques involving embryonic stem cells. Scientists hit the news voicing their concerns that this ruling will make it difficult to get funding to do their research in the UK. Patenting new techniques is how money is made from discoveries and many […]

Who’s leading on which bits of the growth plan?

May 3, 2011 by


Chi Onwurah asked a few interesting questions about the health research actions the government set out in their plan for growth – particularly clarifying who is leading on what. They got answered just before the bank holiday. Background Alongside the budget on 23 March, the government published a plan for growth, outlining actions they are […]

What would happen if the government cut their investment in medical research?

April 26, 2011 by


Cancer Research UK commissioned a really interesting report from the Office of Health Economics exploring the rather topical question of, if the government cut public spending on medical research, what impact would this have on charity funding? They looked at how public funding (through the Department of Health and research councils) interacts with charity and private funding […]