East of England science and innovation audit

Commissioned by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Science and Innovation Audits are taking place across the UK. Their aims include pinpointing areas of global competitive advantage, informing future science and innovation strategy, and the generation of data to support future regional investment proposals.

The East of England Life Sciences theme is being led by Dr Martino Picardo of Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, supported by a project team drawn from across the sector. The audit will be conducted across the public sector, academia and industry in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The East of England has the second highest level of business expenditure on research and development in the UK and the highest per capita. Innovation thrives in this region, with its leading universities and many research organisations.

How can you help?

The audit is a large task – and we need your help to showcase the potential of the region. We will be gathering data and ideas from the East of England community via a series of meetings and consultations between now and the end of April.

You can also share your views on the following questions:

  • Where are we world class in the Eastern region, in Life Sciences?
  • How can we validate this?
  • Are there any projects/opportunities for collaboration that you are aware of that would merit support from the audit?

Specific themes

The life sciences audit is specifically looking at the following areas:

  • Personalised medicine (drug discovery, development and diagnostics)
  • Regenerative medicine (cell & gene therapies)
  • Genomics
  • Med tech
  • Food, health and microbiome

How to find out more and input into the audit

If you would like to contribute, please contact sia@stevenagecatalyst.com

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