HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 30 August 2017

UK life sciences report calls for high-risk research programme

Financial Times, Clive Cookson, 30 August 2017


Following the launch of the UK Government’s industrial strategy green paper in January, John Bell, professor of medicine at Oxford university, will present the plan in the first of five sector reports for UK life sciences. As well as investing in high-risk life sciences “moon shot” projects in the hope of creating “two or three entirely new industries over the next 10 years”, the report also proposes the creation of a Health Advanced Research Programme (Harp), a body to bridge the gap between government and industry funding. John Bell, professor of medicine at Oxford university, presenting the plan stated: “What is missing in conventional government funding is a bolder approach that would take risks with the science but could bring huge rewards. If we use the resources of the NHS well, Britain would be the best place in the world to carry out these projects.”


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s press release is available here.


UK regulator releases guide to EU medtech regulations

Politico, Sarah Wheaton, 29 August 2017


The U.K.’s Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency today published an interactive guide to the EU’s new medical device regulations. The guide is intended to help manufacturers of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs) navigate sweeping new rules, which must be fully implemented by May 2020 for devices and May 2022 for IVDs. The guide does not cover what the impact of Brexit may be for manufacturers.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 30 August 2017

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