Westminster Health Forum

The life sciences sector in the UK - investment, innovation and next steps for delivering the Sector Deal 2

December 2019

This conference is bringing together key stakeholders to assess the future of the life sciences sector in the UK - and progress in delivering the Life Sciences: Industrial Strategy and the Life Sciences Sector Deal 2.

Areas for discussion include:

  • investment,
  • collaboration, and
  • the next steps for supporting the uptake and adoption of innovations in the NHS.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Richard Barker, Chief Executive, Health Innovation Network;
  • Dr Amanda Begley, National Director, NHS Innovation Accelerator;
  • Professor Carole Longson, Chief Scientific Officer, ABPI;
  • Professor Sir Robert Lechler, President, The Academy of Medical Sciences; and
  • Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive, The Innovation Agency.

Further confirmed speakers include: Stewart Block, London Cancer Commissioning Board; Garry Coleman, NHS Digital; Professor Fiona Watt, Medical Research Council; Professor Karl Claxton, University of York; Dr Nicole Mather, IBM; and James Roach, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning.

The agenda

  • The Life Sciences Industrial Strategy - progress in delivery;
  • The Life Sciences Sector Deal 2: investment and infrastructure, patient engagement, and meeting the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges;
  • The life sciences sector in the North of England and the role of Academic Health Science Networks;
  • Developing partnerships - industry, the NHS, charities, and universities;
  • Opportunities for utilising data to support innovation in patient care;
  • Supporting the life sciences sector in the UK - challenges and opportunities;
  • The role of the NHS in developing collaborations to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan; and
  • Ensuring the uptake and adoption of innovations in the NHS.

Policymakers attending

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; DHSC; DIT; HM Treasury; MHRA; Office for Life Sciences; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates