UK science & innovation head resigns:
This article was originally published in Clinica
On the eve of a UK review of science and innovation policy, Lord Sainsbury of Turville has resigned as the minister responsible for this area. The timing of the move, ostensibly to dedicate himself to his business and charitable activities, has been met with much speculation in commercial and parliamentary circles. Dr Simon Best, chairman of the BioIndustry Association (BIA), appraised his tenure as "integral to the much-improved position of science and bioscience in this country", while noting his contribution to the science and innovation strategy review. He will continue to advise the government on a part-time basis on how UK companies can better harness innovation, Clinica understands. Malcolm Wicks (formerly energy) becomes responsible for science, which has a budget of £3.4bn ($6.5bn).
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