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Is the Government's definition of life sciences broad enough? Lords to hear evidence


The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will continue to take evidence for its inquiry on Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy on Tuesday 16 January. The Committee will hear evidence from experts at the Royal Society of Biology, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Microbiology Society.

The evidence session will begin at 10.10am in Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords. The Committee will question:

  • Mr Jon Bassett, Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • Professor Paul Kellam, Microbiology Society
  • Dr Mark Downs, Royal Society of Biology

Questions the Committee are likely to ask include:

  • In its January 2017 Green Paper ‘Building our industrial strategy' the Government welcomed Sir John Bell's offer to “lead work on a new strategy to make the UK the best place in the world to invest in life sciences”. To what extent does Sir John's Life Sciences Industrial Strategy address that challenge? 
  • There is a domain of public policy called ‘life sciences' but the Committee have encountered contrasting views about what is meant by the term. What do your organisations understand by ‘life sciences'? 
  • The industrial strategy and the start-up of UK Research and Innovation are taking shape against the background of Brexit.  Do they reflect the challenges and opportunities of Brexit in your fields? 

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