The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) today welcomed the commitments to innovation and cancer care outlined in Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour party conference.
The Prime Minister re-affirmed his support to ensure Britain remains a base for pioneering research, and innovation development and manufacturing, and promised that in future cancer patients would be diagnosed with a week.
Dr Richard Barker, director-general of the ABPI, said: "I welcome Government’s intent to create a positive environment which will encourage innovative companies like those within the pharmaceutical industry to continue to use Britain as a base for their pioneering research – and to go on to develop and manufacture their innovations in Britain. We also welcome his commitment to early detection and treatment for cancer patients. "
Following a summit with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry in January, Gordon Brown set up the Office for Life Sciences, a new ‘virtual’ department within Government. It published a blueprint for the life sciences industry in July which included a commitment to look at changes to the tax system to encourage innovation in the UK. The Government will publish the findings of its research before the 2009 Pre-Budget Report in November.