Press Releases

UK biotech raises £309m in Q1 before global market downturn

UK biotech companies raised £309m between December 2019 and the end of February 2020 according to the latest data from the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Informa Pharma Intelligence.

BIA responds to Government investment of £20 million for coronavirus research

The Government has today announced £20m of investment for coronavirus research, which will support six UK projects.

R&D tax credit cap amended following successful BIA campaign

The UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) has welcomed revised proposals put forward by HM Treasury to ensure genuine biotech companies are not penalised by a cap on R&D tax credits. The Government’s change of approach follows an extensive campaign by the BIA and its members during 2019.

UK company starts clinical trial on COVID-19

BIA immediate comment CEO Steve Bates said: “The UK life science ecosystem is stepping up across the piece on coronavirus. It’s fantastic to see a small UK biotech company, Synairgen starting UK clinical trials immediately on Covid-19.


Member News

Gene therapy: the challenge and the opportunity

By Annie Zeng Gene therapy is an experimental and therapeutic technique involving the engineering of genes with the hope to cure disease at its root cause. This has become an increasingly buoyant area for investment and although still at an early phase of development, there have been recent approvals of clinical and commercial gene therapies for use in humans.

New tenants join Newcastle’s growing life sciences ecosystem

A specialist lab facility tailored to the commercialisation of life sciences on Newcastle Helix has welcomed new tenants as the ecosystem continues to grow.

Medicines Discovery Catapult Nurture Next Generation Drug Discovery Researchers

Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) have welcomed a cohort of MRC-funded PhD students as part of a training, talent and skills agenda to help develop the next generation of drug discovery researchers.

Newcastle life science hub marks International Women’s Day with celebration of North East women in STEM

Inspirational women working in STEM joined forces on Friday 6 March to shine a spotlight on scientific achievements following news that less than 50% of the British public could name a female scientist. The event was scheduled to mark both International Women’s Day (8 March) and British Science Week (6 – 13 March).


BIA blog

CEO Update|Monday 30 March

We are in a fundamentally different business, social and political environment to where we were a few weeks ago. Many businesses are having to put on pause or fundamentally alter plans they had for the year, as the sector moves to working in the reality of the COVID-19 era.

HDRUK | How health data research is playing its part in tackling COVID-19

As the national institute for health data research, the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) community is actively championing the use of health data to address the COVID-19 challenge. It has been incredible and, actually quite moving, to see our Institute members across the UK uniting and collaborating at scale, to play their part in contributing to this global challenge.

CEO Update|Monday 23 March

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving with cases rising here in the UK and around the world. The BIA is linking different parts of the UK life sciences ecosystem with the global effort, understanding the new business environment for companies and working with government on a number of COVID-19 workstreams.

Guest Blog|Sustainability at work – how to make your lab greener

With environmental concerns growing every day, sustainability is rapidly becoming a household word, with research institutions being no exception. Yet many labs are still unaware that they can become more sustainable with minimal effort or spending. Why is it so important that labs make this transition, and how feasible are the steps to becoming more environmentally friendly?


Our publications

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Influencing and shaping our sector | BIA update: October 2019 - January 2020

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 sector, from October 2019 to January 2020.

Global and growing - UK biotech financing in 2019

New figures published today (Wednesday 22 January 2020) by the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Informa Pharma Intelligence reveal that the UK biotech sector raised £1.3 billion in 2019.

UK life sciences: Catalysing investment and growth

This updated interim report sets out how the UK life sciences sector is driving investment and growth and makes the case for increased cost-effective public investment in the sector.

BIA biotech manifesto 2019

The United Kingdom (UK) will have a general election on Thursday, 12 December. The UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) has launched a biotech manifesto with its recommendations on how political parties can support the innovative UK life sciences sector.