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MRC is failing to turn basic research into commercial success, report says

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1412
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The performance of the Medical Research Council (MRC) has been transformed in the past few years, but serious failings remain, a parliamentary investigation into the United Kingdom's research councils has found.

    Mounting concern over the management of the council culminated in a scathing attack on its finances and strategic planning by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in March 2003 (BMJ 2003;326:732).

    Phil Willis, the committee's current chairman, said much progress had since been made. “It now has a clarity of vision and focus. That wasn't the case three or …

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