The British government is investing £750 million ($1.1 billion) to bolster the ailing biotech industry and other commercial science and technology sectors.
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The new Strategic Investment Fund "will encourage exports, support inward investment, promote research and development and harness commercially our world-class science base," linkurl:Alistair Darling,; Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, said today (Apr. 22) in his linkurl:budget speech; to parliament. "The small and medium sized companies that make up the bioscience sector in the UK have been hit hard by the current financial crisis," linkurl:Clive Dix,; chairman of the BioIndustry Association, said in a statement. "It is essential that the fund is now implemented rapidly." The linkurl:Technology Strategy Board,; the leading public agency for supporting business innovation, will receive £50 million ($72 million) of the fund to invest "in areas which have high potential to drive future growth, such as low-carbon technologies, advanced manufacturing, and the...

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