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Sector News

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New measures to help Britain lead the way in developing driverless technology


Have your say on the use of advanced driver assistance systems and ‘self-driving’ technologies in cars on British roads.

Wanted: Innovative healthcare solutions

The NHS is seeking innovative business ideas that could improve patient flow on acute wards and increase independence for children with long-term medical conditions.

More than £1 million is being made available to address the challenges, which have been identified by Academic Health Science Networks.

Acute care takes up around half of NHS spend. Improved management of patients in and out of acute care is seen as a significant opportunity to be more efficient.

Jo Johnson reflects on what Brexit means for research and innovation in the UK.

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science , spoke on "Leading the world in the new age of global science" at the Wellcome Trust. Jo  Johnson MP said:

Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review outlines opportunity to transform the North


Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review outlines opportunity to transform the North with 850,000 more jobs by 2050

Digital technologies, health innovation, energy and advanced manufacturing have the potential to transform the North of England’s economy, adding £97 billion and 850,000 jobs by 2050.

Minister for Universities and Science on research following the EU referendum.


Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on higher education and research following the EU referendum.

The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success.

Future of Innovate UK investigated in new Lords inquiry

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has carried out an investigation into the future of Innovate UK, the UK's official innovation agency.

The government’s recent White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, announced that a new umbrella body UK Research and Innovation will be created, incorporating the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

UK Research Councils tackle global challenges

Five of the UK Research Councils have announced the first calls from the new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Worth more than £40 million, the new calls are in non-communicable diseases, global infection and agriculture and food systems. Specific challenges include reducing and preventing diseases in humans and farmed animals; ensuring a safe, nutritious and sustainable supply of food for a growing population; and improving the life-long health of billions of people in low and middle income countries.

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.