1 year ago

Matching capital with innovation – Funding R&D in life sciences

By Chris Wongsosaputro Life sciences is a key industry for the UK generating £20.7bn revenue and 90,000 roles in 2015/6. The UK is a leader in this field, as shown by the Foreign Direct Investment rising from £566m in 2019 to £1.9bn in 2021 (second only behind the US). IPOs have increased from £36m to £751m over the same period (fifth in the world) and equity financing risen 12-fold from…

2 years ago

Backing the Future: Venture Capital & the Labour Start-up Review

By Chris Elphick Labour’s Start-Up Review is an important opportunity for the Party to set out its plans for future growth and demonstrate long term strategic planning. A key to making this a success will be working not only with entrepreneurs but also with the investors, such as venture capital (VC) funds that partner with and help to grow innovative companies. The Party’s call for evidence is right in identifying…