The Appraisal – Can we create a nation of entrepreneurial life scientists? – Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK’s newly launched Manifesto for Cancer Research and Care – a vision for how the next UK Government can transform cancer research and care – has a number of policy recommendations, one of which revolves around building commercial innovation into reward systems. As translation of research into patient benefit is CRUK’s ultimate aim, it’s clear we have skin the game here, and a real interest in figuring out the best way to do this.

So, what is the problem with the way researchers are recognised and rewarded now? Is there still a cultural divide  between academic research and more commercially based science? And can we change this?

Time to get some big-picture thinking on all this from Iain Foulkes…

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