Sir John Bell questioned on his Life Sciences Industrial Strategy

05 December 2017

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee questions the author of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy report to Government, Professor Sir John Bell.

Purpose of session

Sir John's report seeks to provide the Government with recommendations which will ensure the long term success of the life sciences sector. It states that if these recommendations are implemented, the strategy will 2emerge as a dynamic set of actions that will ensure the most desirable outcomes for the economy, industry and the NHS2.

The Committee asks Sir John how the strategy should be implemented and whether the goal of making the UK attractive to global life sciences investors can be achieved.


Tuesday 5 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.10am

  • Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford; Chair, Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR)

Possible questions

  • Industry has expressed frustration at the slow uptake of new medicines by the NHS, the difficulty of collaborating with the NHS and the NHS's poor record of adopting innovation. What are the solutions?
  • When is it expected that the life sciences sector deal will be published and what would you like it to contain?
  • What effect will Brexit have on the implementation of the strategy?
  • We have heard evidence that the goal of four companies in life sciences with market capitalisation of £20bn in the next 10 years is extremely ambitious considering the UK's track record and the problems facing the sector. How can this goal can be met?

Further information

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