The Biochemical Society welcomes the appointment of Dr Patrick Vallance, currently President of Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline, as the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser with effect from spring 2018.

The UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) is the personal adviser on science and technology-related activities and policies to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; and Head of the Government Office for Science.

Commenting on the news, Biochemical Society Trustee, Professor Richard Reece, said: 

“The Biochemical Society welcomes the appointment of Dr Patrick Vallance to this important role. His extensive knowledge and experience from both academia and industry will serve him well. This is a critical time for science in the UK, but it is excellent news that a Life Scientist has been appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser and we look forward to working with him. We wish him every success in formulating science policy and strategy.”

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The Biochemical Society promotes the future of molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges.

We achieve our mission by:

• Supporting the next generation of biochemists; promoting the opportunities offered by biochemistry and molecular biology through education and training from age 15 upwards
• Bringing together molecular bioscientists; fostering connections and providing a platform for collaboration and networking across our membership and the wider community to ensure a strong future for molecular biosciences in both academia and industry
• Promoting and sharing knowledge; enabling the circulation of scientific information through meetings, publications and public engagement to support innovation, inform decision-making and advance biochemistry and molecular biology
• Promoting the importance of our discipline; highlighting the role of molecular biosciences in interdisciplinary and translational research, while supporting the fundamental research that underpins applied studies