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Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) - Bioscience Unit

The Bioscience Unit’s vision is to grow Bioscience R&D and commercialisation capabilities within the UK. The Unit focuses on a number of key areas:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Healthcare Technology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Technology Transfer


Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) - Office for Life Sciences

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is the main activity within BIS supporting the health technologies sector and has a number of bodies such as the Ministerial Medical Technologies Strategy Group to examine needs and set policies and actions to deliver to those needs.


BIS - Database of Bioscience and Health Technology

This database is used to inform government policy and industry strategy, as well as to benchmark the success of the UK sector. BIS, DH and UKTI are now co-funding the implementation stage of this project and have appointed CBSL to build and populate the database and produce the commentary.

The commentary will analyse the information in the database, and will be supplemented by market statistics and trade and production figures obtained from other sources. The commentary will be published by government and be available to Data Partners and other stakeholders. The 2009, 2010 and 2011 reports were published and are available at:


UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) - UKTI Science and Innovation

The Science and Innovation team focuses on showcasing UK excellence in innovation and raising awareness of the business opportunities across a range of Research Facilities and promoting the UK as a global innovation hub.

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Department of Health (DH)

The Department of Health is committed to improving the quality and convenience of care provided by the NHS and social services. Its work includes setting national standards, shaping the direction of health and social care services and promoting healthier living. They do this by:

  • Setting and communicating the strategic direction of the NHS and social care.
  • Ensuring that public money is spent wisely and efficiently.
  • Monitoring the standard and safety of health and social care services.
  • Developing new policies in collaboration with patients, communities, health and social care staff, the voluntary sector and other government departments.


Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group (MMTSG)

The MMTSG is the key strategic group in the representation of the medical technology sector to the Government, and more particularly to the Department of Health. In particular the MMTSG has been crucial in building on the raised profile and importance of the sector following the Healthcare Industries Task Force, to continue to address the live issues of adoption of technology.


Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

The CBI is a not-for-profit organisation and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1965. CBI policy is decided by its industrial members it has links with senior professionals from all industrial sectors and sizes of business.

The CBI creates and sustains the conditions in which businesses in the UK can compete and prosper. They do this by working closely with the UK Government and international legislators and policy-makers:

  • Being the premier lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues.
  • Lobbying in Europe and across the world on behalf of their members with global interests to bring about effective change to the legislative and regulatory frameworks in which business operates.
  • Supporting their lobbying work by generating a wide range of policy materials.
  • Providing a business service which includes a bookshop, business surveys, availability of best practice tools and initiatives and arranging CBI events and conferences.
  • Enabling members to use the CBI to reinforce their own efforts to bring about change in the legislative and regulatory frameworks.


Devolved Administrations (DA)

The Devolved Administrations (DAs) in the UK are: