At last! A patient-centred statement on the proposed EU Clinical Trials Regulation

First, a brief history of time in the Europe Union (EU). It goes slowly. That's it! For the last two years or so the European Commission has been consulting on plans to revise the European Clinical Trials Directive.  The Directive has been in force since 2001.  Researchers hate it.  To be fair so do many … Continue reading At last! A patient-centred statement on the proposed EU Clinical Trials Regulation

It’s all in a name: a Citizens Innovation Fund

With the budget not too far away, it is that time of year when organisations up and down the country are putting last-minute submissions into HM Treasury. Give more money into this, lower tax here, or there, they say. Very few, if any, will call for this or that to be cut. And while some … Continue reading It’s all in a name: a Citizens Innovation Fund

Life sciences leaders’ outlook is gloomy as the days shorten for the Government to act

So you have to remember that this is an industry/pharma view of life in the main. Nonetheless this second annual survey of 'Life Sciences Leaders' is notable for indicating a trend towards greater pessimism about the future of UK life sciences in the context of an economic downturn etc. The strong message about waning business … Continue reading Life sciences leaders’ outlook is gloomy as the days shorten for the Government to act

Cancer Research UK does not have all the answers..and that’s an invitation to the rest of us

I see that Cancer Research UK last week put out a press statement about the need for the UK to have strategic vision for medical research. You can find further details on their blog and they also issued a document entitled 'Building the Right Environment for Medical Research.' Thoughtfully the announcement and document have been … Continue reading Cancer Research UK does not have all the answers..and that’s an invitation to the rest of us

Getting touchy over the information revolution

Over the holidays I caught a BBC Radio 4 item about the days of the touch typist.  It was one of those gems of broadcasting which looked through a narrow lens to tell the listener much about how the world has changed.  It also brought back many memories of my time as a messenger at the old … Continue reading Getting touchy over the information revolution