Browsing All posts tagged under »R&D«

The death of IPR?

October 12, 2012 by


GlaxoSmithKline has announced it will open up anonymised data from clinical trials for further research. Shar Nebhrajani argues that openness can lead to more innovation, and asks: is it time for new models of intellectual property rights?

How can we advance the development of new cures and treatments?

May 17, 2012 by


Dr Denise Goldman, on why promising new treatments fall into a 'valley of death' and how Action on Hearing Loss initiatives - from funding translational research to engaging with industry by providing free consultancy and market intelligence reports, are working to overcome it.

How can we stimulate innovation with the way we fund research?

November 11, 2011 by


On Monday I attended a very interesting talk by Tim Harford at the Policy Exchange in Westminster. Tim is an economist, he writes for the Financial Times and also has several best sellers in which he boils economics down to its basics.  His talk, called Innovating for growth, was about how to stimulate technological innovation, […]

A new ruling makes it easier to patent discoveries with no specific use, what are the implications?

November 8, 2011 by


An invention is only patentable if it is believed to be useful in any industry. However, a new judgment by the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that patents need only contain “plausible” suggestions of uses for the new technology. This will make it easier to patent the products of research in the life sciences and […]

How good is the UK at research?

October 28, 2011 by


A new report published by BIS comparing the UK against other research-intensive nations highlights the international strength of the UK research community but also warns that it is under threat from underfunding and a decreasing share of the international scientific workforce. The report includes some pretty interesting statistics about research in the UK, comparing what […]