Browsing All posts tagged under »Willetts«

Moving towards a better conversation about animal research

October 19, 2012 by


AMRC has joined research councils, academic societies, universities and industry to support a cross-sector Declaration on Openness about Animal Research.

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 did today’s budget say about medical research?

March 21, 2012 by


It’s budget day today. A few interesting bits from a medical research perspective including £100  million available for  co-investment with the private sector  to support new university research facilities, some targeted support for the commercialisation of research and an update on progress with the plan for growth which was announced at the 2011 budget and included […]

Super day of life sciences

December 5, 2011 by


Exciting day for medical research today – David Cameron has just launched a new life sciences strategy in a speech this afternoon. Also published were new initiatives to support innovation in the NHS – following David Nicholson’s review of this. The announcements brought together lots of existing initiatives and made a few new announcements including […]

More discussion about impact of ban on patenting embryo stem cells

October 28, 2011 by


Yesterday David Willetts confirmed the UK government is exploring the impact of the new EU ban on patenting of embryo stem cells and that they will continue funding research using embryo stem cells. Background The European Court of Justice made a decision on 18 October which effectively bans the patenting of scientific techniques involving embryonic stem […]

Science budget not looking so rosy…

September 14, 2011 by


The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) have published a new analysis of UK science and engineering funding, finding that although the science budget was protected at £4.6 billion in last October’s spending review, by looking at departmental investment in research, the past year has seen an actual cut in the amount of funding going […]

Government gets new life sciences adviser

July 26, 2011 by


Last week, George Freeman MP became a the new Life Sciences Adviser. He will advise David Willetts, who is Minister for Universities and Science, on the economic impact of life sciences in the UK. George Freeman has a background in biomedical research so he’s a bit of a pro on the life sciences sector. He’s […]