The science and research industry in the UK will not be negatively affected by Brexit, Bill Gates has predicted.
Speaking during a plenary on leadership in science and innovation at the Grand Challenge Annual Meeting - a conference attended by more than 1,000 scientists - the Microsoft founder added he believed there was already a stronger research relationship between the UK and the US, than between the UK and other European Union countries.
The billionaire continued that more needed to be done to draw in developing nations and their institutions when researching diseases as often they provided links to where preventable illnesses are.
While the 60-year-old did concede there was "some uncertainty" about exactly how collaborations between different countries would take place post-Brexit, he added he believed "the basic strengths of the institutions that are here and the opportunities that exist will overcome the uncertainties we have".
Speaking in London, Mr Gates stressed that Brexit negotiations should ensure the ability of scientists to move around easily and that funding should be guaranteed once that from the EU ends.
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