Life Sciences Skills Strategy Board
Nigel Brooksby
4th October 2012
Developing Tomorrow’s Scientists Today
LSSB : attendees and apologies
Mary Baker
Carol Black
Karen Booth
Nigel Brooksby
Gillian Burgess
Mervin Dadd
Lesley Earl
Lesley Galloway
David Griffiths-Johnson
Sue Hill
Richard Hobbs
Judith Holcroft
John Holton
Kate Hutchins
Andrew Jack
Sarah Jones
Mark Lloyd Davies
Nicola Massey
Linda Millett
James Sawyer
Tina Sawyer
Joanna Woolf
European Brain Council
Dept for Work and Pensions
Nigel Brooksby
UCB Celltech
Cogent SSC
Huntingdon Life Sciences
Ethical Medicines Industry Group
Department of Health
University of Oxford
Cogent SSC
Cogent SSC
Cogent SSC
Financial Times
Janssen-Cilag Ltd
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Takeda Cambridge Ltd
Cogent SSC
Cogent SSC
Bob Armitage
John Betteridge
Robin Bhattacherjee
Christine Bloor
Jeremy Haigh
Trevor Jones
Haruo Naito
Una O'Brien
Neil Poulter
Ian Smith
Neil Weir
Stephen Whitehead
Merck Sharp & Dohme
University College Hospital
Actelion Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd
Amgen Limited
Merlin Bioscience
Eisai Europe Limited
Department for Health
Imperial College
Synexus Limited
UCB Celltech
Current Industry Environment
Still a world leader but many challenging
forces are reshaping the environment in
which the sector is operating – need a
different sort of supply chain
Shorter product lifecycles – end of
New ways for assessing and approving
medicines – many changes
Increasing emphasis on personalised
New models of delivering healthcare – e.g.
healthcare into the community
Importance of emerging markets - potential
Public scrutiny increasing – need to manage
risk and compliance/competence
Tougher environmental controls and
Looking ahead…
We need to:
• Think creatively on products
• Innovate to survive globally
• Open up the NHS to industry –
partnership on skills
• Collaborate on research attractive to private investment
• Develop an industry that is fit
for the future
• Skills and competence are
part of the solution – to
innovate, support
compliance and to form
bridge with NHS
Our progress
Four working groups drive our plan: apprentices, SMEs,
career pathways and placements – employer-led
Great progress via the groups
• HAs taking off – exciting new route
• New Skills Gateway tool – consultation underway
• Clusters are supporting our work as conduits to SMEs
• Bid shaping up for placements and mentoring
• New publications in research, Helix magazine
• Suite of new video films – including HA case study
• Life Sciences Skills Awards – HoC launch
• Taking the message out to events – our own Breakfast
• Partnerships – with societies and professional bodies
Today’s agenda
Welcome and Introduction
Nigel Brooksby
Presentation on Modernising Scientific Careers
Sue Hill
Skills as a Growth Accelerator: A Public/Private Endeavour
Joanna Woolf
Introduction to the Skills Gateway
Mervin Dadd
Skills Awards and opportunities for sponsorship
Judith Holcroft and Tina Sawyer
Thanks and closure
Nigel Brooksby

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