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Life-sciences strategy endorses high-risk research

The UK government should spend hundreds of millions of pounds on risky life-sciences projects in a bid to create “two or three entirely new industries” over the next decade, according to a life-sciences industrial strategy review.

The strategy, commissioned by the government and published on 30 August, recommends the creation of a Health Advanced Research Programme (HARP) to fund large research infrastructure projects and high-risk “moonshot” programmes.

HARP would rely on a coalition of partners, including government, UK Research and Innovation, industry, charities and the NHS, the strategy said.

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