In 2007, a small working group was convened to look more closely at perceptions towards careers in industry and to identify opportunities for promoting greater mobility.Launched
Careers for biomedical scientists and clinicians in industry
The UK's world-class position in medical science is underpinned by a first rate workforce.
It is vital that the UK’s biomedical training and career structures are attractive to the next generation of young researchers. A key ingredient for success is collaboration between academia and industry; it is this interface that fuels the process by which new scientific ideas are brought into clinical application. The mobility of researchers is an important part of this interface - exchanging skills, forging opportunities and promoting mutual awareness.
The Academy of Medical Sciences has long promoted relations between academia and industry through the work of its FORUM. A previous Academy report, ‘The Freedom to Succeed’, identified considerable scope for improving mobility between the two sectors and promoting the place of industry as an attractive career destination.
To explore this further, in 2007 a small working group was convened to look more closely at perceptions towards careers in industry and to identify opportunities for promoting greater mobility. Evidence was sought from a range of academics, learned societies, public sector organisations, commercial companies and young scientists and researchers.
The report produced by this working group presents findings in the form of a discussion paper, intended to open up debate and stimulate further input.
We welcome comments on the issues raised in this paper, which can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The working group was comprised of representatives from the Academy’s clinical and non-clinical careers committees and its Forum with industry.
Professor Barry Furr OBE FMedSci (Chair) Chief Scientist, AstraZeneca and Chair of the FORUM
Dr Mike Collis Consultant to Industry and Academia: BioPharmaceutical Research Projects, Technology
Transfer, Training and Education
Dr Anne Donaldson Senior Lecturer, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Dr Darrell Evans Senior Lecturer in Anatomy, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Dr Barbara Hepworth-Jones Principal Education Adviser, GlaxoSmithKline Academy of Pharmaceutical Medicine
Professor Mervyn Maze FMedSci Chair, Department of Anaesthetics & Intensive Care, Imperial College, London
Dr Richard Sullivan Head of Clinical Programmes, Cancer Research UK
Dr Sarah Tabrizi Clinician Scientist Fellow, Institute of Neurology, London
Dr Richard Tiner Medical Director, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
Dr Simon Vincent Head of Personal Awards and Training, Cancer Research UK
Dr Suzanne Candy Manager, Biomedical Grants and Policy, Academy of Medical Sciences
Ms Jenny Steere (Until June 2007) FORUM officer, Academy of Medical Sciences