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What exactly is harming pharmaceutical innovation in the UK

Sir, Behind Pfizer’s closure of its laboratories in Sandwich lies a bigger problem: the EU as a whole is not an attractive place to innovate. Increasingly stringent regulation provides a stultifying environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Unless European policymakers can reverse this trend and not simply make worthless statements about encouraging the knowledge-based economy, we must all look forward to a future as an economic backwater.

Martin Livermore
Scientific Alliance, Cambridge

Letter published in The Times, 7 February 2011

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Future costs of UK energy supply

The Scientific Alliance recently published part 1 of an examination of National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios, dealing with security of supply. We are now pleased to publish part 2 - cost of supply. The authors - Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson - conclude that building more gas and nuclear stations would be considerably less expensive than any of the NG scenarios, as well as offering better energy security.

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14 October 2016: Read the new report by Dr Capell Aris, published jointly with the Adam Smith Institute - Solar power in Britain: the Impossible Dream