Ministerial representation for life sciences is needed, says RSB chief executive at House of Lords inquiry

Mark Downs, chief executive of the Roya Society of Biology (RSB)  - a partner of German Life Science Association VBIO - called for a life sciences ‘champion’ that would act at a Minister of State level, whilst giving evidence at the House of Lords on january 16th.

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.”

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