Today’s publication of the Life Sciences 2010: Delivering the Blueprint report, by the Office for Life Sciences (OLS), demonstrates tangible results and outlines a roadmap for the continued success of the life sciences industry in the United Kingdom.
This initiative, underpinned by a unique collaboration across government, the NHS, academia and the industry, has injected a fresh sense of urgency to the key challenge of securing a flourishing life sciences industry in the UK. The importance of the life sciences industry to the UK economy was outlined within last year’s New Industry, New Jobs report, noting this as an area where ‘Britain has strength and Government can make a difference by clearing obstacles or correcting market failure’.
Since the publication of the Life Sciences Blueprint last year, achievements include the launch of the Innovation Pass and Patent Box initiatives.
The UK’s life sciences trade associations – the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), BioIndustry Association (BIA) and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) - are pleased with the strong progress that has been made to date in delivering the Blueprint actions. For many actions, delivery is still ongoing; we therefore welcome Ministers’ commitment today to fostering the partnership between the industry and government, maintaining momentum and continuing to deliver results for the UK.
The key measures in Life Sciences 2010 all act to strengthen the lifeline from British life science discoveries to NHS patients and include:
Richard Barker, Director General of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said:
“Life Sciences 2010 is a major milestone in the OLS initiative and demonstrates the potential of this new model of industry and government collaboration to deliver truly tangible results. Work to implement and extend this strategy must be a high priority for both government and industry in the coming years, to maintain the UK’s leadership role and the flow of life changing, innovative therapies for patients.”
Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) said:
“The Office for Life Sciences has reinforced the role of the medical technology industry in the provision of innovative products for the NHS and delivering benefit to patients. For our industry the establishment of the NHS Life Sciences Delivery Board is a major development in the intelligent utilisation of medical technology to deliver benefits for the NHS – both for patients and for cost effective service provision”.
Dr Clive Dix, Chairman of the BioIndustry Association (BIA), said:
“The first year of work between the Office for Life Sciences and the four life sciences industry associations has been highly positive and has delivered a number of significant outcomes for our members. It is essential that Government continues to represent the life sciences sector with a champion in government responsible for pulling together disparate departments. We are delighted that Lord Drayson, who has demonstrated that he can bring about the change required for the life sciences sector, will continue to lead on this work.
“A good example of this is the establishment by the Office for Life Sciences of the UK Life Sciences Super Cluster and the appointment of its supervisory board. The BIA believes the move away from geographically defined clusters to a virtual cluster built around therapeutic capabilities will allow all of the UK’s talented scientists and business people in the life sciences sector contribute to developing much needed treatments for patients and to delivering a stronger sector.”
Doris-Ann Williams, Director General of the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), said:
“The work of the Office for Life Sciences has provided an excellent example of what can happen when Government and business work together. The life sciences sector represents real potential for growth in the UK economy, and so it is essential that all businesses within the sector are encouraged to flourish. In today’s financial climate, diagnostics can allow for more efficient and more effective use of NHS funds, by improving the speed of diagnosis, enabling better disease management and personalised treatment. BIVDA would like the OLS to continue during 2010 with a clear plan for actions to enable the full utilisation of diagnostics.
For further information, please contact
ABHI – Laura Collister, External Relations Director – 0207 960 4375 or [email protected]ABPI – Press Office – 020 7747 1410 or [email protected]BIA – Robert Winder, Communications Manager – 0207 565 7193 - 07825 942 934 or [email protected]BIVDA – Doris-Ann Williams, Director General - 0207 957 4633 or [email protected]
Office for Life SciencesThe Office for Life Sciences press release and the Life Sciences 2010 report are available from: http://www.bis.gov.uk/ols
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. www.abhi.org.uk
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). www.abpi.org.uk
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. For further information, please go to: www.bioindustry.org
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. www.bivda.co.uk