Andrew Croydon looks at what skills we need to develop the medicines of the future, and the skills gaps we need to fill if we're going to keep the UK ahead.
What we do know is that there are 31,000 more jobs that need to be filled by 2025. Never has it been more important that we have a sustainable skills pipeline.
We have skills gaps in advanced medicines discoveries that need filling now: in immunology, genomics and clinical pharmacology.
We also know we need to be recruiting the best from around the world in digital and data skills.
All of this means capturing the imagination of people now: people from all backgrounds – with an interest in biology, chemistry, engineering or maths. We’re on a complex journey of personalised medicines and vaccines development.
It’s a journey that thrives on collaboration between pharmaceutical companies, universities, research institutes and hospitals.
Whether you want to be a technician, researcher or developer, there are exciting opportunities for you to make a real difference.
The pharmaceutical industry needs a continuous supply of specialists to meet the demands of an evolving, technology-based world. Establishing a skills pipeline remains crucial, even more so following the UK’s decision to exit the EU.
Want to find out what it’s like to work in the industry? Looking for opportunities to get into the industry, or the options available to you? Trying to advise someone interested in entering the industry? This section is here to help.
The ABPI offers qualifications in the ethical promotion of prescription medicines for industry representatives.
The UK is recognised worldwide as a leader in medical research and innovation, and the foundations for collaborations between industry and academia in the UK are exceptionally strong.
These examples showcase the variety of projects that have arisen over the last two years, from more traditional partnerships between one company and one institution, to pioneering consortia and novel patient biobanks.