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Biotech and life sciences news and insights

Press Releases

New boost for TechBio companies seeking investment

The Francis Crick Institute’s start-up accelerator KQ Labs and the UK Bioindustry Association (BIA) have launched a new programme to support growing companies working at the interface of biology and data technologies.

State of the Discovery Nation report reveals the extent of sector's perfect storm

New report 'State of the Discovery Nation: Fostering a Dynamic, Sustainable Medicines Discovery Sector’ says the sector must work together to de-risk funding in medicines discovery and attract more investors.

BIA teams up with top UK engineering biology stakeholders to champion the UK at SynBioBeta 2024

BIA is gearing up for a prominent presence at SynBioBeta 2024, the world's leading conference for engineering biology. The BIA is leading a coalition of UK stakeholders to showcase the dynamism and innovation of the UK's engineering biology companies from 6-9 May in San Jose, California.

Post-Brexit border paperwork and inspections postponed for life sciences sector

Importers of laboratory reagents and materials used in the manufacture of medicines in the UK’s life sciences sector have been given a six-month extension to make the necessary changes to their supply chains for new post-Brexit border paperwork and border inspections.

 

Member News

SiSaf’s bio-courier technology enables clinical trial success for topical treatment of mild to moderate Alopecia areata

SiSaf Ltd announced that a licensee of the ProSilic® variant of its technology has reported positive topline results from a randomised, placebo-controlled, multi-dose Phase II trial evaluating its topical treatment for mild to moderate (patchy) alopecia areata.

Manchester Met opens applications for September cohort of degree apprenticeships in science and sustainability

Employers looking for new talent or to upskill their current workforce can benefit from degree apprenticeships, starting Autumn 2024.

Discovery Park partners with Canterbury Christ Church University to open CoLab

Discovery Park, Kent’s thriving life science community, has opened the doors to CoLab, a new shared lab facility. In partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, CoLab has been specially designed for early-stage life science businesses, providing flexible bench space in a collaborative coworking environment.

New blood test could prevent sudden child deaths caused by hereditary heart condition

A new blood test that could identify children with a potentially fatal heart condition has been developed by researchers at UCL (University College London) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), thanks to investment from the charity Action Medical Research and self-funded not-for-profit, LifeArc.

 

Blogs and spotlights

CEO Update - 10 June 2024

UK General Election and what it might mean for the industry, including Labour's pledges on Brexit and business taxes. Upcoming events including the Cambridge Wide Open Day and the Life Science Leadership Summit. UK tech companies pitching at the London Stock Exchange and Amber Therapeutics securing $100 million in funding.

Women in Biotech Mentoring Programme: Dr Carolina Grandellis

In this interview, Dr Carolina Grandellis, Lead of the Earlham Institute Biofoundry, explores the profound impact of the BIA's Women in Biotech mentoring programme on her professional and personal life.

An urgent call for technical standards and metrics for engineering biology

There are currently very few technical standards and metrics that are specific and appropriate to the field of engineering biology. Across the innovation pipeline, there are opportunities for standards to support faster development and enable accelerated commercialisation of the bioeconomy. In response to this, an effort was undertaken with the objective of identifying key areas where standards and metrics would enable the growth of the global bioeconomy.

CEO Update - 3 June 2024

MSD Merck acquire UK biotech EyeBio for $1.3 billion upfront, ASCO and BIO conference week and the UK General election campaign produces little news for the life science sector.

 

Latest resources

Here's a selection of featured BIA resources. Explore our Resources Hub  

BIA and RNID Webinar: Preparing for clinical trials in a novel therapeutic area

Join Mehul Patel and the Panel on case studies of their experiences in novel hearing loss clinical trials.

BIA webinar recording: AMR New Horizons – solutions to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

Join Sue Charles and the Panel for exclusive AMR updates, hosted by BIA