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UKHSA Advisory Board: Science and Analysis Committee minutes


Date: Tuesday 24 January 2022

Sponsor: Jon Friedland

Function of the paper

The aim of the paper is to supply the Advisory Board with minutes of the 30 September 2022 assembly of the Science and Analysis Committee. The minutes had been agreed on 1 December 2022.


The Advisory Board is requested to notice the minutes of the 30 September 2022 assembly of the Science and Analysis Committee.


Title of assembly: UKHSA Science and Analysis Committee

Date: Friday 30 September 2022

Current had been:

  • Jon Friedland – Non-executive Chair
  • Jennifer Dixon – Non-executive member
  • Graham Hart – Non-executive member
  • Susan Hopkins – Chief Medical Advisor
  • Isabel Oliver – Chief Scientific Officer
  • Raj Lengthy – Affiliate non-executive member
  • John Arne-Røttingen – Worldwide Affect Professional
  • Steven Riley – Managing Director, Knowledge, Analytics and Surveillance

In attendance:

  • Enterprise and Governance Senior Officer
  • Medical Fellow
  • Board Secretary (minutes)
  • Director of Scientific Technique and Growth
  • Interim Deputy Director, Analysis and Analysis
  • Chief of Employees to Chief Scientific Officer

Welcome, apologies and declarations of curiosity

22/001 The Chair welcomed individuals to the primary assembly of the Science and Analysis Committee.


22/002 All attendees gave a brief introduction on their function and background.

Phrases of reference

22/003 The Science and Analysis Committee agreed to the Phrases of Reference (enclosure SRC/22/001). It was famous that exterior specialists could be invited to supply required experience with John Arne-Røttingen confirmed because the worldwide impression professional.

Science technique and ambitions

22/004 The Chief Scientific Officer launched the UKHSA Science Technique (enclosure SRC/22/002).

22/005 Dialogue famous that engagement was thus far optimistic and had targeted on inside suggestions and workshops with business, academia and different companions. The Committee inspired UKHSA to work with world companions in growing the technique and realizing the acknowledged ambition of being a worldwide chief. It was unclear how the primary technique and science technique aligned.

22/006 The Science and Analysis Committee welcomed work thus far on the Science Technique however famous that extra element was wanted. Strategies on additional element included partnerships and well being fairness within the presentation of the technique.

22/007 Dialogue adopted on the function of UKHSA in setting science priorities. It was famous the remit letter acknowledged UKHSA‘s function in signaling to analysis funders key priorities for analysis. Additional work was inspired on preparations to establish priorities. The technique may embrace additional element on affect and collaborate with companions.

22/008 Because the Science Technique took an extended view of UKHSAthe Committee had been eager to know enterprise funding behind long term work within the group.

22/009 Feedback continued on the function of ‘centres’ in UKHSA with their structural intention initially unclear. The proposed institution of facilities was seen as a means of signaling scientific priorities. The have to be important on the worth of any centre, together with a necessity for detailed sincere analysis was flagged.

22/010 A key suggestion was to be particular on the impression anticipated by the Science Technique to encourage collaboration and/or authorities funding. For instance, the impression of the technique on well being outcomes and linked financial impression, would make the doc enchantment to the proper audiences.

22/011 Members had been inspired to ship additional feedback through correspondence upfront of the technique going to the Government Committee and the Advisory Board in November.

Vaccine improvement and analysis middle (VDEC)

22/012 The Chief Scientific Officer and Medical Fellow launched the proposal for formation of a brand new UKHSA Vaccine Growth and Analysis Heart (enclosure SRC/22/003). The VDEC would consolidate UKHSA exercise on vaccine discovery, improvement and analysis and lift our profile in these areas. It could current alternatives to work in partnership for higher well being outcomes and business alternatives for UKHSA.

22/013 The Science and Analysis Committee had been eager to know how the VDEC sat within the context of the Vaccine Taskforce which was primarily to consolidate present exercise with the business and procurement elements transitioning to UKHSA from 1 October 2022.

22/014 It was advised to give attention to the hole available in the market that UKHSA was attempting to fill which centered across the distinctive experience UKHSA may present. Further thought ought to be given to how the middle would evolve over time. The present proposal of the VDEC was thought-about broad and will have additional readability of UKHSA‘s involvement inside steps of vaccine improvement course of from trial to commercialisation. Moreover, consideration ought to be given to make clear engagement with stakeholders akin to an exterior regulator.

22/015 The Chief Scientific Officer would talk about with John Arne-Røttingen on dangers throughout worldwide sector and the worldwide impression on public well being realized by working with worldwide companions.

22/016 The Science and Analysis Committee supported the thought of ​​a VDEC and inspired it to be seen as a vaccine middle fairly than broad science centre. It was thought that bringing all vaccine exercise underneath clear management would supply synergy throughout the assorted actions.

Ahead look and matters for future conferences

22/017 Dialogue famous the next matters for future conferences:

  • individuals
  • estates and services
  • radiation and chemical substances
  • diagnostics
  • analysis wants
  • communication
  • knowledge and genomics
  • progress of the impression of the science technique
  • information mobilization
  • impression and worth proposition

Every other enterprise and shut

22/018 Thanks had been famous to all for getting ready glorious papers, presenting and arranging the assembly.

22/019 There being no different enterprise, the assembly ended at 12:26pm.

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September 2022

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