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2016 has been, to say the least, an eventful year for us all. We end it on a positive note, the government’s remarkable commitment to science and innovation – £2Bn extra funding per year by 2020 announced in the Autumn statement – is testament to the value that ministers see in supporting a vibrant, innovative and productive research base. And bioscience is certainly a key pillar in that.

Today Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has announced a series of joint UK/India research initiatives worth up to £80M.

Great Britain and India share a rich history of trade, politics and innovative thinking. From India came chess, the decimal system and cotton textile manufacture; from Britain the science and steam-powered industrial revolution that drove the electro-mechanical inventions that shaped the modern world.