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Sector News

Sector News

Brexit: UK patients could miss out on latest medical innovations

Patients in the UK would miss out on groundbreaking clinical trials by voting to leave the EU, Britain's pharmaceuticals trade body has warned.

The European Union Clinical Trials Regulation, due to come into effect at the end of 2018, is set to harmonise procedures for the assessment of applications for clinical trials. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said Brexit would see patients in the UK fall out of this new system, leaving EU patients ahead in accessing the latest innovative clinical research.

First women only funding competition launched by Innovate UK

The government’s official innovation agancy Innovate UK has launched its first ever women only funding competition,

The agency is offering up to £200,000 to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and part of a new ‘infocus’ initiative to encourage diversity in innovation.

Business Secretary welcomes appointment of Burberry Chair to lead Midlands Engine

 

Sir John Peace has been appointed to be the new Chair of the Midlands Engine.

He will lead the Midlands partnership which aims to drive up productivity and growth across the whole of the Midlands region from the Marches to the Wash.

Fast-tracking UK innovation: apply for business funding

 

Any business can apply for a share of £15 million to support cutting-edge R&D projects in any technology area.

Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in innovative research and development projects in an open competition targeted at a whole range of technology, engineering and industrial areas.

RSC event - Chemistry Means Business

15 - 16 June 2016 - LONDON

Chemistry Means Business is the Royal Society of Chemistry annual two-day event for industry, uniting SMEs, multinational organisations, investors, academic entrepreneurs and decision makers from across the UK and Europe. The event includes: 

·         A range of talks and workshops on the trends, insights and novel technologies in our sector.

Digital Catapult appoints new chief executive

 

Former chief executive of Sibelius Software Jeremy Silver is to be chief executive of the Digital Catapult technology and innovation centre.

Jeremy, whose roles have included chief executive at Sibelius Software, executive chair of Semetric Ltd and senior positions at Virgin records and EMI, takes up the post in June when existing chief executive Neil Crockett steps down.

Launch of OpTIC Space Incubation Programme

Glyndwr Innovations in partnership with UK Space Agency are holding a lauch event for the OpTIC Space Incubation Programme on wednesday 6 July at St Asaph.

John Kingman appointed Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

 

Science Minister Jo Johnson has confirmed that John Kingman will be appointed as Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Science Minister Jo Johnson (17 May 2016) confirmed that John Kingman will be appointed as Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on an interim basis, to set up the new organisation in shadow form.

Lords Science Committee: Innovate UK Inquiry

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has launched a short inquiry into the future of Innovate UK, the agency responsible for driving forward UK innovation. 

The Committee will examine the implications of the Government’s newly announced plans to incorporate Innovate UK into UK Research and Innovation alongside the Research Councils and Research England. 

The Committee will not solicit written evidence for this short investigation. 

Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice.

 

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published its HE White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice.