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Biotech and life sciences news and insights

Press Releases

Deep Biotech will deliver a more sustainable future, and BIA is its new voice

Deep Biotech encompasses innovative companies harnessing the power of engineering biology to tackle humanity's most pressing challenges, from environmental pollution to climate change. From cultivating meat without animals to crafting bio-based materials that replace harmful plastics, Deep Biotech offers a sustainable roadmap for a greener future. 

Professor Sir Mene Pangalos wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the BIA’s Gala Dinner

Mene led AstraZeneca's pharmaceutical discovery and early development through a key period of growth and innovation and was a driving force for scientific excellence and collaboration. Joining the company in 2010, Mene transformed AstraZeneca’s approach to R&D, fostering deeper academic and industry partnerships, pioneering Open Innovation programmes, and building a culture that values truth-seeking in science.

Resilient UK biotech sector lands £1.8 billion investment in 2023

New report highlights sector's strength, investor confidence and long-term returns. London-quoted biotechs also continue to outperform UK and US markets over the long term, having made substantial gains during the pandemic that have not been lost.   

BIA unveils new data: UK leads Europe in cell and gene therapy as sector makes significant strides  

The UK is cementing its position as a global leader in cell and gene therapy, according to a new report released today by the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA), in collaboration with Citeline.  

 

Member News

Aleta Biotherapeutics and Cancer Research UK announce first patient dosed in ALETA-001 Phase 1/2 clinical trial

The Phase 1/2 clinical trial will evaluate safety, dose, PK/PD, and early efficacy signals of Aleta’s first-in-class biologic CAR T-cell engager, ALETA-001. ALETA-001 entering the clinic is a critical milestone toward treatment availability to improve CAR T-cell patient response when a complete response is not achieved or maintained.

UKHSA announced as first PACE collaboration to help tackle deadly antimicrobial resistance

Strategic partnership to support AMR innovators

PrecisionLife and Metrodora Institute partner to accelerate diagnosis of Long COVID

Rapid development and clinical validation of diagnostics that enable innovative clinical care pathways in complex, chronic diseases; targeted precision medicine clinical trials leveraging a complementary diagnostic approach are expected to readout results as early as this year

Optibrium enables collaborative design in its StarDrop platform

The new Idea Tracker capability further improves the efficiency of drug discovery by supporting project management, idea sharing and molecule design tracking.

 

Blogs and spotlights

CEO Update - 20 February 2024

I'm looking forward to the BIA Committee Summit this week. It will be great to see 200 members in Westminster at one of the most lively and insightful events we do each year. I know it's the volunteer expert army that gives the BIA its unique impact with government and it's always great to understand the committee's priorities and the ideas at the intersection between committees that arise from the event.

Beyond health: why BIA is championing the biorevolution 

The BIA has named this frontier of science Deep Biotech. Our brand-new report, "Deep Biotech: Disruptive innovation for global sustainability" highlights how deep biotech is key to creating a sustainable UK bioeconomy and making the UK a science superpower that benefits all. 

Recent decision from the EPO smooths the way to obtaining patents in Europe

The BIA’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC) helps BIA understand and shape the environment for IP ownership to ensure strong protection for BIA member companies. Our EU policy subcommittee has taken a look at what a recent European decision means for the right to claim priority to an earlier filed patent application. This blog sets out some of the details of the case, and the practical implications for BIA members.​​​​​​​

CEO Update - 12 February 2024

It was great to see the hugely positive response we’ve had to the launch of our new report "Deep Biotech: Disruptive innovation for global sustainability". I believe we're on the cusp of a biorevolution powered by Deep Biotech, and I want our Association at the forefront of shaping the future of Deep Biotech and championing its disruptive potential.

 

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Deep Biotech: Disruptive innovation for global sustainability

The BIA has coined the term ‘Deep Biotech’ to capture companies working in this biotech space. This report aims to shine a light on some of the innovative companies using engineering biology to positively disrupt the environmentally damaging industries that modern society relies on.

UK biotech financing 2023

Despite the global economic downturn, UK life sciences companies secured £1.25 billion in venture financing, constituting 11% of the total venture capital investment in UK companies this year.

BIA's submission to HMT's Spring Budget 2024

The BIA has submitted a representation to HM Treasury ahead of the Spring Budget scheduled for March.

Influencing and shaping our sector BIA update: October 2023 - January 2024

An overview of the BIA's influencing work on behalf of the innovative life science and biotech sector between October 2023 and January 2024.