Downs highlighted the need for a government champion to take responsibility for the implementation of the life sciences strategy.
"I would hope that whoever that is would take into account the broader debate about the range of biosciences. If this champion was at ministerial level you would hope that it would at least be a Minister of State.
“Having cabinet level of representation would of course be extremely welcome. Lord Willets [previously Minister of State for Universities and Science] had that, and we would like to see that reintroduced.”