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Pfizer closure shows UK's weakening commitment to research
To lose 6,000 skilled jobs in science R&D may be regarded as a misfortune for the coalition; to lose another 2,400 and a world-class research facility looks like carelessness. The news coverage given to the closure of Pfizer’s research headquarters at Sandwich in Kent has drawn attention to what Richard Pyke, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has described as ‘the haemorrhaging of the lifeblood of the British pharmaceuticals industry’ where thousands of jobs have been lost during 2010. This adds up to a huge number of personal catastrophes, but it also hits at one of the UK’s strongest research areas. Biomedicine is an area where the ‘economic impact’ of UK research, the interaction between the public research base and industry, is particularly strong. The loss in capacity and competency will be serious. What is the significance of biomedicine...
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