Today (27 May 2022), the Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care, Lord Kamall, and the Swedish Minister of Education Anna Ekström signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that connects the United Kingdom and Sweden to an ongoing collaboration in the life sciences.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in London, in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia. The Minister of Science and Innovation, George Freeman, was also present.
The Memorandum of Understanding follows a long tradition of Swedish and British co-operation, including the pioneering work that the Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca has achieved in developing the corona virus vaccine, and will see the two nations promote joint progress in policy development, technical standards, industry co-operation, research and development and implementation of new technology and treatments.
Both the UK and Sweden are world leaders in life sciences, and the Memorandum of Understanding commits our two nations to improving cooperation between our governments and stimulating our life sciences ecosystems to work together on our common strengths and priorities, covering areas of precision medicine, clinical trials, pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance to sustainability, trade and investment for the sector.
The UK and Sweden are responsible international players, leading the way in tackling global challenges, and this Memorandum of Understanding will pave the way for stronger business development and improved collaboration opportunities, while delivering both Life Science Vision and the integrated review.