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Official launch of the UK National Institutes of Bioscience partnership

George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences officially launches the National Institutes of Bioscience partnership at the conference “Healthy Lives in a Sustainable Future” taking place at Rothamsted Research on the 15th-16th June.

This meeting gathers leading scientists from the eight Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Bioscience (NIB) and from other renowned national and international research organisations, to discuss how bioscience research is addressing global challenges such as Food Security, Climate Change and Healthy Ageing.

The launch event highlighted the long-term strategic research that is carried out at the Institutes and their socio-economic impact. By working together as NIB, the member Institutes can maximise the synergy between established activities and embark in new multidisciplinary research sharing best practice and resources. Furthermore, NIB provides a platform from which they can influence policy, drive research strategies and engage with the wider stakeholder groups and international funders and partners independent of any government body.

More details about the partnership can be found in the NIB manifesto.

The National Institutes of Bioscience are a UK national asset and key to delivery of the UK Agritech Strategy. Each of the Institutes is genuinely world-leading in its field. By establishing the NIB partnership, we will act collectively to increase the effectiveness and impact of our research to benefit the UK economy and promote the international reputation of the UK in bioscience research.David Hume, Chair of the NIB
The 21st Century will be the century in which bioscience and the emerging bio economy help mankind tackle some of the most urgent global grand challenges we face. From developing new agricultural technologies that boost food production to better understanding dangerous diseases, the biological sciences have a vital role to play in both the security and the economic success of the UK. The National Institutes of Bioscience partnership is a welcome step in our mission to make sure the UK has the right environment and infrastructure to become the location of choice for worldwide investment in the life sciences.George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences