Bioscience out on top

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has highlighted and praised 50 researchers and research groups for their contribution to the UK’s economic and social wellbeing.

These researchers represent how the UK’s bioscience research base is impacting sectors of the economy and informing public policy.

Many of the researchers joined dignitaries for the Bioscience:Biomillions event at HM Treasury to showcase their work. This included research to understand and defeat hospital superbugs; as well as understanding ageing and ways to encourage healthier ageing; a project to assist farmers in increasing crop yields; and techniques to cope with a changing climate.

Dignitaries attending the event included the science minister Ian Pearson.

Pearson said: ‘In order to remain globally competitive and meet the future challenges of living within our environmental and populations limits, it is vital that bioscience researchers continue to maximise the positive economic and social impacts of their research and activities.’

BBRSC chief executive Steve Visscher added: ‘We award over £400m a year of public funding for bioscience research and innovation. Our researchers are amongst the best in the world in terms of the quality of their science but they are also making huge contributions to quality of life for people through economic and social impact.’