Sixteen companies have joined the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) this year, it was announced today.


​The new members include three pharmaceutical companies taking up full membership and 13 general affiliate members.

ABPI Head of Membership Services, Jeremy Way said: “We are proud to welcome such a professional and diverse range of new members to the ABPI. The membership list has increased by 16 companies for the first half of 2008. There has been particular positive growth in the General Affiliate membership category, proving that the ABPI is recognised as a world class trade association and respected by the wider business community.”

The latest new members are:


Merz Pharma UK – Merz is a leading German pharmaceutical company celebrating its centenary year, with its own platform for clinical research and development. Merz Pharma UK is a subsidiary of Merz Pharmaceuticals and is currently focused on treatments in both CNS and aesthetic medicine.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals - Alexion, based in Cheshire has combined its expertise in immunobiology, clinical development, and human antibody engineering to enable the development of a large array of monoclonal antibody and other recombinant therapeutics targeting the treatment of a diverse collection of severe disease states, including heamatologic and cardiovascular disorders, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

Basilea Pharmaceuticals Ltd – is the UK affiliate of Basilea Pharmaceutica AG., headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. Basilea’s integrated research and development operations are focused on new antibacterial, antifungal and dermatology drugs. The company is currently building its sales and marketing organisation. Basilea’s products are targeted to satisfy high medical and patient needs in the hospital and specialty care setting. The late-stage portfolio includes two drugs under regulatory review (alitretinoin and ceftobiprole) and one phase III investigational drug (isavuconazole).


Advocate, based in central London, is a dedicated healthcare policy and public affairs consultancy helping clients analyse government policy and development strategic programmes of communication in Westminster and Whitehall.

Bristows of Victoria Embankment, London. The Bristows Life Sciences specialists work with leading clients from both the public and private sectors and offering for advice on a range of services particularly IP issues - including patents, trade marks and licensing - regulatory and competition matters, mergers and acquisitions, financing and the coordination of disputes in multiple jurisdictions.

Vybrant Organisation Limited of Thatcham, Berks, provide tailored training programmes to the pharmaceutical sector. The Vybrant specialist trainers offer expertise in Management Training, Team Development and Coaching Skills.

Heidrick and Struggles of Burlington Gardens, London, is a Global Executive Search Firm whose Life Science Practice recruits senior executives for a wide range of healthcare companies including pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Services also include Board and senior management team assessment and talent development.

Jigsaw Conferences of Stamford Lincolnshire offer free tailor made services to the pharmaceutical industry in particular a venue finding service for UK and International meetings.

Present Value of Pulborough, West Sussex provide global business development and marketing: licensed medicines, medical devices and associated healthcare technology to the pharmaceutical industry.

Rawlinson & Hunter of New Street Square, London is an international firm of chartered accountants, specialising in financial and taxation advice to pharmaceutical companies.

Virgo Health of Holbrook Place, Richmond specialise in communications across the healthcare spectrum. Prescription and consumer healthcare clients benefit from communications advice and services provided by the three core businesses - Virgo HEALTH PR, Virgo HEALTH Education and Virgo HEALTH Public Affairs. This is complemented by Virgo’s strategic consultancy practice, Virgo VANTAGE, designed to help companies analyse, understand and overcome some of their most pressing and complex communications challenges.

Denton Wilde Sapte LLP of Fleet Place, London offer a full range of legal service to clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Services cover Taxation, Insurance and Reinsurance, Employment and Pensions and Dispute Resolution.

Ernst & Young LLP of 1 More London Place, London is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services to the pharmaceutical industry.

L.E.K. Consulting LLP of 40 Grosvenor Place, London are management consultants offering advice in business strategy, finance, marketing and sales and transaction services.

Sprint International Ltd., of Feltham, Middlesex offer complete marketing support for pharmaceutical marketing teams in the areas of storage and distribution, design and print, and fulfilment and international mail.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd., of New Oxford Street, London, leads the overall business activities of Takeda's six subsidiaries in Europe, by promoting pan-European strategies for the short-, mid- and long-term and by supporting the management of the subsidiaries in the region.


About the ABPI:

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has 150 members including the large majority of the research-based pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK, both large and small.  Our member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS).  For further information visit:

Media contact: ABPI Press office, 020 7747 1410.

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