Published on 6 July, ‘Life Sciences Vision’ outlines the government and the life science sector’s plan to create a thriving sector, and tackle the major causes of death and disease over the next decade.
The Vision focuses on what Government, the NHS, regulators, companies, medical research charities, academia and philanthropy must do to create the environment in which industry can grow and succeed in the UK, and patients and the NHS can receive a real benefit.
This is focused on four themes:
● Building on the new ways of working from COVID-19 to tackle future disease missions.
● Building on the UK’s science and clinical research infrastructure and harnessing the UK’s unique genomic and health data.
● Supporting the NHS to test, purchase and spread innovative technologies more effectively, so that cutting-edge science and innovations can be embedded widely across the NHS as early as possible, and rapidly adopted in the rest of the world.
● Creating the right business environment in the UK in which companies can access the finance to grow, be regulated in an agile and efficient way, and manufacture and commercialise their products in the UK.
The Vision will also focus on specific ‘Missions’ that are technology or disease specific. In each, there is an opportunity to take a VTF-type approach, with a single empowered decision maker to mobilise private and public sector science and investment. These missions will also help the NHS to solve some of the biggest healthcare problems of our generation.
These missions are:
1. Improving translational capabilities in neurodegeneration and dementia.
2. Enabling early diagnosis and treatments, including immune therapies such as cancer vaccines.
3. Sustaining the UK position in novel vaccine discovery development and manufacturing.
4. Treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and its major risk factors, including obesity.
5. Reducing mortality and morbidity from respiratory disease in the UK and globally.
6. Addressing the underlying biology of ageing.
7. Increasing the understanding of mental health conditions, including work to redefine diseases and develop translational tools to address them.
This sector Vision follows the publication of the Plan for Growth in March, which set out how the government would drive economic growth through a focus on innovation, infrastructure and skills.
Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy