Press Releases

BIA warns there is little time to avoid disruption as government announces ‘no-deal’ Brexit planning

Steve Bates OBE, CEO of the BIA responds to the Written Ministerial Statement on EU Exit preparedness published by the Government today.

UK Biotech forges links with new global investors

The UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) is hosting the key movers from the Hong Kong stock exchange in London this week as part of a strategic push to enable global investors to get to know the opportunities in UK biotech.

World leading antibody scientist Dr Jane Osbourn awarded OBE in Queen’s Honours

Dr Jane Osbourn, Vice-President of Research and Development at AstraZeneca and Chair of the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

UK Life Sciences Industry welcomes launch of Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland

Today, 4 June, sees the unveiling of the UK’s newest life sciences asset, Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland (HIRANI) at a BIO reception in Philadelphia hosted by the UK Department for International Trade, Invest Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government, BIA, AstraZeneca and the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. It will be followed by a formal launch event on 5 June at the Union League of Philadelphia from 08:30-10:00 EST. 

 

Member News

PhoreMost appoints Dr Lorenz Mayr as Non-Executive Director

Board appointment will help guide target identification and drug discovery

Dr. Philip Beer joins CCG.ai

Dr. Philip Beer joins Cambridge Cancer Genomics as Head of Translational Medicine

Invest Newcastle show off the region’s innovative life science sector to Cuban visitors

Invest Newcastle has welcomed a senior Cuban life science business delegation to the region for a two-day visit. They used this opportunity to show off the city’s life science strengths and world-leading universities.

Arecor Signs A New Formulation Evaluation Agreement With An Existing Partner, A Major Global Pharmaceutical Company

Arecor Limited, the specialty pharmaceutical company leveraging its innovative and proprietary formulation technology to develop superior treatments for a range of disease areas, including diabetes, today announces that it has signed a further collaboration with a major global pharmaceutical company.

 

BIA blog

CEO Update | Monday 15 July 2019

Last week we held our 19th annual BIA Parliament Day, bringing over 30 biotech sector leaders to Westminster to meet MPs, civil servants and NHS senior leadership. It was a great opportunity to highlight the value of the sector to key senior stakeholders and also for our members to learn more about what is going on in the machinery of government. Thank you to all members who helped make it such a success.

Access to medicines in Parliament

Today, as the BIA brings senior representatives from across the UK’s life sciences sector to meet with parliamentarians and civil servants for our annual Parliament Day, we thought we’d take a look at another key way we engage with Parliament – the All Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Life Sciences.

A regulatory conference that can’t be missed

On the 17 September 2019, the BIA will be hosting its Regulatory Innovation Conference at 30 Euston Square. The conference will explore the UK’s global capability for clinical trials, how we bring innovative medicines to market, evidence generation in support of regulatory decision-making and looking to the future, and what will the role of the regulator be as part of the global innovation ecosystem?

CEO Update | Monday 08 July 2019

I attended the British Business Bank’s summer reception last week, celebrating its work to increase the availability of long-term patient capital for innovative U.K. companies. We were also told we can expect the outcome of the Bank’s work with pension providers to be published in the Autumn.

 

Our publications

Please find a selection of featured BIA publications below. To see our full publications library, click here

Influencing and shaping our sector, BIA update: January - April 2018

This quarterly update gives an overview of key policy developments and the BIA’s continued engagement with policymakers, regulatory authorities and wider stakeholders on behalf of the UK life sciences industry, from January to April 2018.

Biotech Financing Update: December 2017 to February 2018

The BIA/Informa Biotech Financing Update: December 2017-February 2018 released today shows that venture capital financing and follow on financing on the public markets are off to a solid start in 2018.

Pipeline Progressing: The UK's Global Bioscience Cluster in 2017

A new report released by the BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Informa Pharma Intelligence reveals that the UK has the strongest clinical and preclinical pipeline in Europe.

BIA Best practice guide for communicating R&D

Ensuring investors and the wider public are well informed and confident about bioscience is crucial to the success of individual companies and the sector as a whole. To support the sector to maintain high standards in communications about R&D progress, the BIA has produced a best practice guide for bioscience companies with a supporting library of resources.