The Prime Minister's announcement today that he is minded to appoint a Minister for Life Sciences in the next Parliament is to be applauded and is welcomed by the UK's four life sciences trade associations - the Association for the British Healthcare Industry, the Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the BioIndustry Association and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association.
The announcement follows more than one year of action for the life sciences by the Office for Life Sciences, which has delivered a number of initiatives to help the sector maintain its world-leading position. These include the Patent Box, the Innovation Pass, the Super Cluster, the UK Innovation Investment Fund and the Strategic Health Authority Innovation Board.
The four associations jointly said:
"The UK life sciences industry applauds Gordon Brown's plans to create a Minister for the Life Sciences. It is further recognition of the vital role our industry plays in the health of the nation and in its economic well-being and would bolster the work of the Office for Life Sciences. Supporting the UK's science and innovation base must be a priority for any future Government. The UK must send a clear message to the rest of the world that it is - and is determined to remain - a world leader in the field of life sciences."
Life Sciences Sector 25 March 2010 (PDF - 65KB)
For further information contact:
ABHI – Daniel Jones, Manager External Communications – 0207 960 4375ABPI - Press Office - 020 7747 1410BIA – Robert Winder, Communications Manager BIVDA - Doris-Ann Williams, Director General - 0207 957 4633
Notes to Editors:
Association of British Healthcare IndustriesThe Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) is the industry association for the UK medical technology sector. Our aim is to promote the rapid adoption of medical technologies to ensure optimum patient outcomes throughout the UK and in key global markets. Members include manufacturers of medical devices, equipment and consumables and other suppliers to the medical community.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical IndustryThe Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is the trade association for more than 90 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines for human use. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS).
BioIndustry AssociationEstablished in 1989, the BIA (BioIndustry Association) exists to encourage and promote a financially sound and thriving bioscience sector within the UK economy and concentrates its efforts on emerging enterprise and the related interests of companies with whom such enterprise trades.
With over 300 members, the BIA supports a wide range of sectors, majoring on the human health benefits of the technology and represents the interests of these innovative companies to a broad section of stakeholders from patient groups to politicians, advancing its members interests both within the UK and internationally to create a healthy UK bioscience sector which benefits society.
British In Vitro Diagnostics AssociationThe British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) represent the in vitro diagnostics industry in the UK. BIVDA has more than 100 members who provide the tests and equipment which do not just allow rapid diagnosis but also screen for disease, monitor and manage treatment and ensure the safety of the blood supply for transfusion. Information from in vitro diagnostic tests accounts for about 70% of the information on a patient’s record.