Levelling-up the Conversation: Making the UK a Life Sciences Superpower

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Join a question time panel event in Cambridge with Science Minister George Freeman. Apply to join the studio audience or dial in live.

The Prime Minister set an ambitious target to make the UK a “life science superpower” and the forthcoming Levelling-up the Conversation broadcast in Cambridge will scope ways to deliver this bold objective in partnership with the NHS. The challenge for decision makers is knowing how to implement these recommendations to best effect.

The Prime Minister wants to build on the success of the UK’s coronavirus vaccine programme and apply it to other areas, including curing cancer rather than simply treating it. On a visit to a Hertfordshire laboratory in the summer, the Prime Minister said “I’ve long believed that we can invest more in science as a country. And we want to use that public investment to trigger waves of private investment.” The political will is there and for Government it is important that the wider healthcare and life sciences ecosystem is engaging with ways to implement an ambitious objective.

With the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Cancer Research UK hub and AstraZeneca’s new Discovery Centre based in and around Cambridge, the city is truly at the heart of the global life sciences ecosystem. To ensure that Cambridge continues to grow the right infrastructure and skills are critical to this growth. People from around the country will be able to find out how Cambridge is leading the way in the UK as it attracts new businesses to invest in and around the city.

Despite the heroic efforts by the NHS, the pandemic is still impacting patients two years after the discovery of COVID-19. As the new Chief Executive of NHS England leads efforts to refocus efforts onto recovery, this event will address several key issues including clinical research, remote patient monitoring and commissioning to help reduce waiting lists and ensure that outcomes do not slip further. Between 2015 and 2021 the Government and its agencies published a total of 114 policy documents relating to the life sciences sector, amounting to more than 4,816 pages and close to 1.5 million words. The Life Sciences Council has a clear agenda to ensure implementation, but that plan requires simplification and clearer messaging with those on the frontline that are expected to make change happen.

Join the Debate:

Apply to join a topical panel question time event at one of the world’s most exciting centres for biotechnology, life sciences and research. Pre-submit your questions to ask the panel live in Cambridge on 20th January.

To apply to join us at the event live, please complete the application form. To join the session via the live broadcast, please book a Webinar only ticket and either submit your questions in advance or during the event.

The panel session is your opportunity to ask experts, local leaders and Ministers questions on how to build a life sciences superpower in the UK.

The panel will also cover:

-What plans do local leaders have to develop the infrastructure needed to grow the sector?

-How will a commitment to research help transform the lives of patients?


  • Angela McFarlane (Vice President, Strategic Planning Northern Europe, IQVIA) (Chair)
  • George Freeman MP (Science Minister)
  • Dr Nik Johnson (Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)
  • Michelle Mitchell (CEO, Cancer Research UK)
  • Dr Julia Wilson (Associate Director, Sanger Institute)
  • Tom Keith Roach (UK President, AstraZeneca)

About Levelling-up the Conversation:

All too often the big conversations are discussed in Westminster. Chamber is Levelling-up the conversation around the country by bringing national, regional and local leaders together with charities, third sector bodies, industry and the NHS.

Tickets are limited due to social distancing measures. To save disappointment, we welcome those of you who are unable to join us live, to sign up to watch live via zoom. Book your ticket today: click here.


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