With the cabinet reshuffle that happened a few weeks ago a new post was created, Minister for Life Sciences. This role has been given to George Freeman who was previously the life sciences adviser to the ex-science and universities minister David Willetts and is also MP for mid Norfolk.
How this new position will interact with the new science and universities minister Greg Clark is still uncertain, however this move emphasizes that David Cameron sees Life Sciences to be important for developing the countries economy. Whether this additional role will help or hinder the development of science policy is currently unknown. However I’m taking a positive outlook for now, as George Freeman has a background in life sciences so should be well equipped to make decisions in this area. My only worries are that this additional role for Life Sciences creates a distance between it and the other sciences and that duplication of similar roles can lead to an overlap that results in contradictory science policy development.