Government often has a poor reputation for failing to get things done in a timely manner, but apparently that’s not the case for the Minister of Life Sciences George Freeman. In a recent post we spoke about Freeman’s plan to take the booming life sciences industry and further its accomplishments to be the best in the world, and today we see that Freeman has wasted no time. As of July 22, Parliament has launched an all party parliamentary group (APPG) for the life sciences with the goal to raise the overall profile of the sector.

The APPG is chaired by Kit Malthouse, who was elected to Parliament for North West Hampshire in the recent May elections. In a recent PharmaTimes article, Malthouse said that the “life sciences is the quintessential high-tech, innovative sector that we should prioritize for the 21st century economy,” and indeed it is.

The launch of the APPG is covered in this article that details the remit they have been given.

Era of innovation

With UK life sciences funding at a 10-year high, and Parliament’s new drive to stimulate and grow the industry, it’s safe to say that the nation is headed into an era of innovation. However, as researchers begin to see investment dominos fall and their workloads increase, it’s more important than ever that new studies are accompanied by solid research data management (RDM) policies.

As we recently highlighted in the RDM Workflows report, good RDM practice is central to successful long-term access to data and the future use and reuse of research findings. With a solid RDM workflow in place, researchers can confidently manage each step of their data lifecycle and have better insight into how their day-to-day practices impact their materials five, 10 or even 20 years down the road.

To learn more about RDM workflows and its importance in open access to data, check out our latest report here.