Press Releases

BIA welcomes the announcement of Nicola Blackwood as new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The BIA welcomes the announcement of Nicola Blackwood as new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health. BIA CEO, Steve Bates OBE, said: “As a former health minister and former chair of the science and technology committee, and serving as a board member of Eagle Genomics, Nicola knows our sector well and is well-placed to hit the ground running. We had a strong relationship with Nicola when she was minister for health, and we look forward to working with her to ensure the UK stays a world-leader in the life sciences.”

BIA responds to the new letter from Government on the medicine supply contingency plan programme

Today the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has written to pharmaceutical companies to update them on progress made on human medicines supply in March 2019 “no deal scenario” with some updates to the Government planning assumptions.

BIA responds to second Life Sciences Sector Deal

Today the government has published the second Life Sciences Sector Deal. The document details both public and private sector investments into the sector, including a £1bn research and development investment from BIA member company UCB and a new partnership between government and industry using artificial intelligence to develop the next generation of treatments.

Action Medical Research for children named BIA Charity of the Year 2019

The BioIndustry Association has today announced that Action Medical Research for children will be its Charity of the Year for 2019. The partnership will be formally launched at the BIA Gala Dinner on 24 January 2019. Proceeds from a silent auction, table donations and pledges on the night will be donated to Action Medical Research for children, and attendees will hear from Simon Harriss, dad to 10-year-old Lily who has a devastating neurological condition called BPAN.

 

Member News

Discovery Park kicks off 2019 with focus on business development

Leading UK science campus looks to attract anchor tenant for Building 518 manufacturing facility.

The Oxford Science Park sponsors the OXBA Innovation Award for the fourth year

Oxford, UK, 14 January 2019 - Oxfordshire companies which are progressing valuable innovations can apply now for The Oxford Science Park Innovation Award, one of 2019's Oxfordshire Business Awards (OXBA). The Oxford Science Park, one of the UK's leading parks for science and technology companies, is pleased to be sponsoring the award for the fourth year.

Evonetix appoints Stephanie Brooking as Head of Product Management

EVONETIX LTD today announced it has appointed Stephanie Brooking as Head of Product Management. Evonetix aims to utilise its innovative silicon chip approach to deliver a high-throughput solution for the synthesis and assembly of DNA molecules with high fidelity. Stephanie will help to define the Company’s strategy for market entry and longer-term product marketing for its novel gene synthesis products.

Arecor to participate at PepTalk 2019’s Protein Science week in San Diego, CA, USA

Arecor Limited is pleased to announce its participation at PEPTalk 2019’s Protein Science Week. This leading international conference and one of the largest annual gatherings of over 1,300 protein science researchers in the world, will be held between January 14-18, 2019, at the Hilton Hotel, San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, California, USA.

 

BIA blog

Video of the Week: Lily's Story

We’re delighted that Action Medical Research will be our charity of the year for 2019. Please watch this incredibly powerful video of the work they have been doing with Lily, who has a rare disease called BPAN. We look forward to hearing more about Lily’s story at our Gala Dinner where her father Simon will address guests.

Policy and Public Affairs at the BIA

The BIA is the UK’s leading trade association for life sciences, and we have an award-winning policy and public affairs team. The work is varied, stimulating, and at times challenging. At the moment, we have two vacancies open in our policy and public affairs team; A Policy and Public Affairs Manager, and a Talent, People and Skills Manager. A job description only tells part of the story, so we sat down with BIA Policy and Projects Manager, Dr. Martin Turner, and BIA Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive, Eric Johnsson, to find out more about their roles and what working at the BIA is really like.

CEO Update | Monday 14 January 2019

JP Morgan saw key M&A activity, new approaches from key UK pharma, a buzz about cell and gene therapy and concerns about the ongoing impact of the US Government shutdown. I’ve written a short blog on my perspective here.   On Brexit, the vote tomorrow is a key watershed, but for our sector we expect ongoing detail from the government on no-deal contingencies. We will focus our analytical and briefing capability on providing members with actionable information, in what is a very uncertain political context.

JP Morgan | Take home messages

Key M&As set a positive tone for JPM 2019, as the sector shrugged off US stock market setbacks at the end of 2018. First out of the blocks were GSK taking Tesaro in a £3.8bn deal (announced before the conference) and since ringing in the new year we’ve seen Takeda complete their acquisition of Shire, Bristol-Myers Squibb acquire Celgene in a record breaking £70bn deal and Eli Lilly purchase Loxo Oncology for £6.24bn. These large pharma deals show desire for a strategic pipeline and prove the inherent value of biotech as a driver of innovation. More than half of new drugs registered in the coming years are expected to be made by small companies which large players may then look to add to their portfolio. The outlook for M&As looks strong and venture are keen to put money to work knowing the

 

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.