Brain drain or brain gain?

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements catalysed a knee jerk reaction from commentators, a lament that Brits were enjoying their success from other international venues rather than in the UK – yet another example of the classic “brain drain”. We would counter that such news should be viewed much more positively. In a Daily Telegraph article …

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Purdah, Politics, Public Opinion, Projects, Progress… Our National Passion for the health & life sciences

With an election upcoming on May 7, we have entered the approximately six-week period that we quaintly call “purdah”.  For many, the word is a mystery.  It can have the following definitions: 1) “ the practice among women in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of living in a separate room or behind a curtain, or of dressing in …

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The Week that Was 24/11/14

Certainly a busy time in the UK with a host of meetings taking place run by the likes of the Financial Times, ABPI (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry), Consilium Healthcare, Jefferies and Number 10. The big news was announcement of a government review of how new treatments and medical devices are developed and adopted …

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The Week That Was, 27 Oct 2014

As usual in the life science universe, there were a number of “reactions” to market forces over the last week.  Shire is to remain independent as AbbVie bows to the growing aversion to inversion strategies, a somewhat short-lived financial strategy that spawned a slew of major potential acquisitions for tax purposes including Pfizer’s earlier pursuit …

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Welcome to BELS Blog

The weekly BELS blog will tend towards being a snapshot of newsworthy developments in the UK life sciences arena, some commentary and occasional humour. The premise behind BELS – British Expats in Life Sciences –  is a fairly simple one.  As a group of individuals our expat life scientists represent a tremendous value proposition in a …

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