Hot on the heels (or indeed, breaking at the starting gates) of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property (due to be published tomorrow), the UK Treasury has announced the Sainsbury Review, the Review of Science and Innovation Policies of Government.
The new Review, to be led by Lord Sainsbury (former Parliamentary Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, pictured at right), will consider various Government policy developments and interventions, in the context of globalisation. Lord Sainsbury's retirement from the Department of Trade and Industry was announced by 10 Downing Street, 10 November 2006, when mention of the proposed review was also made.
The Review will make particular reference to (from the terms of reference)
- industry R & D and investment in innovation
- publicly funded R & D (including government departments) and investment in innovation
- knowledge exchange (universities and business), and progress since the Lambert Review
- supply of skilled persons
- supply of venture capital
- patents, measurement system and standards; and
- international science and technology collaboration.
The subject matter of the new Review appears to be strikingly similar to some issues just considered in the Gowers Review, which may lead one to ask why a new Review is commencing before the other is reported.