The Secretary of State for Health will be a keynote speaker at a brand new event in the pharmaceutical industry calendar, it has been announced.


​Alan Johnson MP will address delegates at the first-ever annual conference organised by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in London. The conference will focus on the challenges faced by the industry: and new industry initiatives around key topics like determining value, improving access to medicines and improving trust.

Other external speakers include: Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, chief executive of the MRC, Dr Mark Walport, director of The Wellcome Trust and Dr Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet.

The conference – which is being billed as a ‘must-attend’ event for managers and executives in the pharmaceutical industry – takes place at Old Billingsgate in London on April 29. It will be followed by the ABPI annual dinner at which Lord Drayson, the science minister, is guest speaker. Comedian Dara O’Briain will compere the evening, also at Old Billingsgate.

Tickets for the conference – entitled: MEDICINES - championing successful UK healthcare -are £130 plus VAT per delegate. The dinner is open to ABPI members and their guests only. Tickets for the dinner are £220 plus VAT per head. To book for either event, go to:

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