Following today/yesterday’s announcement by Science Minister, Jo Johnson, of the non-executive Board members of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the ABPI’s Chief Executive Mike Thompson has moved to welcome the new appointees.
The formation of UKRI was a proposal of part 3 of the Higher Education and Research Bill and the body will formally be launched in April 2018.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI will bring together the 7 research councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. Their work will include advising the Secretary of State on the allocation of research and innovation budgets, including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Mike Thompson said:
“Innovative businesses and entrepreneurs across the science community will welcome the exceptional calibre of the new UK Research & Innovation Board.
Working with the Science Minister and Sir Mark Walport’s team, this group will play an important role in making the UK’s already world-leading science and innovation system even more effective, setting the agenda and shaping key choices about priorities across Government’s spending.
For the life sciences industry, UKRI has a pivotal role to play in helping bring the new Life Sciences Industrial Strategy to life and we look forward to working with Britain’s best scientific and business minds to cement the UK as one of the best places in the world for discovering, developing and adopting the very best of modern medicine.”
The Members of the UKRI Board are:
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