New Life Science Strategy launched in the UK

30 August 2017        

Category: BHF Comment

The UK should invest hundreds of millions of pounds in high-risk research programmes, according to the Government's new Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.

Two images showing artery inflammationThe report, written by Life Science’s Champion Professor Sir John Bell, provides recommendations for the Government on how it can safeguard the long-term success of the life sciences sector. 

According to the report, there was a need for “moon shot” projects to help create new healthcare industries and the fields of genomics and artificial intelligence were also singled out as exciting areas for growth.

World-leading heart research

Our Medical Director, Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, welcomed the new strategy and described it as “an important step forward”. 

“The strategy rightly recognises the crucial role that medical research charities play in the success and progress of science in the UK, which in turn makes a critical contribution to the economy and the health of the UK,” he added. 

“The BHF funds more than half of all independent heart and circulatory research carried out in UK universities and hospitals and our work is helping to save lives on a daily basis.

“With the Government’s support and commitment we can carry out more world-leading heart research, boost the economy and improve the lives of heart patients across the UK and globally.”