All Party Parliamentary Group to raise the profile of the UK Life Sciences sector
23rd November 2018
This week marked the relaunch of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Life Sciences. Chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP, the APPG will raise awareness of UK life sciences among parliamentarians and explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
At its first meeting, held on Wednesday 21st November, the APPG considered the use of genome-editing technologies in healthcare and how these should be regulated. It explored the challenges of developing an oversight system that installs public confidence in emerging technologies while allowing new innovations and cutting-edge research to flourish. Leading industry experts from the Nuffield Council for Bioethics, law firm Fieldfisher and Spanish biotech SME, ZeClinics spoke at the meeting, which was attended by members of the European life sciences community as well as MPs and members of the House of Lords.
Commenting on the re-launch, Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I am delighted to Chair this APPG which will be an extremely important forum for making parliamentarians aware of the valuable contribution the UK life sciences sector makes to the nation’s health and wealth. Over the next year, the APPG will consider how we can support the sector and how we can make sure that our constituents, and society more broadly, benefit from the exciting new technologies and treatments being researched and developed by life science companies across the UK.”
Notes to editors
At the APPG’s AGM, also held on Wednesday 21st November, the following were elected as Officers:
- Daniel Zeichner MP - Chair
- Chris Green MP - Vice-Chair
- Lord Warner - Officer
- Lord Turnberg - Officer
- Lord Patel - Officer
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) the BioIndustry Association (BIA) and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) jointly provide the secretariat for the APPG for Life Sciences.
For more information click here or email lifesciencesAPPG@bioindustry.org