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Biotech and life sciences news and insights

Press Releases

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.

BIA responds to Spring Budget 2024: highlights for UK life sciences

Three highlights for UK life sciences: first, the new expert advisory panel for the HMRC is a smart way to maximise the efficiency of R&D tax relief support for life science innovators; secondly, Alan Marchington’s ICG winning the LIFTs scheme shows real movement to unlock pension funds for life sciences; thirdly, AstraZeneca’s investment in next-generation manufacturing in Speke and Cambridge shows the strength of our ecosystem.

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.

 

Member News

University of Oxford spin-out revealed as winner of ‘Golden Ticket’ programme for planetary health innovations

University of Oxford spin-out HydRegen has been revealed as the winner of a programme designed to recognise innovations in planetary health created by Pioneer Group in partnership with CPI.

CHAIN Biotech collaborates with German Cancer Research Center on development of a novel oncology vaccine

CHAIN Biotechnology Ltd and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of therapeutic cancer vaccines for indications caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

Macomics unveils its lead first-in-class anti-pan-LILRB monoclonal antibody programme with positive pre-clinical data

Macomics’ lead programme, MACO-355, in IND enabling studies is a ligand-blocking independent pan-LILR monoclonal antibody for the treatment of cancer.

Coulter Partners top hires for VC & PE portfolio companies Q1-2024

Recent top global hires for Venture Capital and Private Equity portfolio companies, covering a broad range of disciplines and sectors across Life Sciences, Health and Tech.

 

Blogs and spotlights

Investing in life science – learnings from the first round of investments from Discovery Park Ventures

Launched in May 2022 by thriving life science community Discovery Park, Discovery Park Ventures (DPV) is an investment fund that invests in ambitious and growing life sciences companies, driving disruptive innovation and catalysing economic growth. Initially a £1 million fund, DPV has now expanded to £3 million.

AI in life sciences: future-proofing strategies

In the final piece of the 'AI in life sciences' series, Jenny Yu, Marsh’s Life Sciences industry practice leader and experts from law firm Kennedys emphasize essential steps for life sciences companies to develop and implement a successful AI business strategy. They delve into effective management of outcomes from AI technologies and strategies to mitigate potential risks.

CEO Update - 15 April 2024

In case you missed it last week, post-Brexit border paperwork and inspections have been postponed for the life sciences sector, thanks to BIA work. 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.

CEO Update - 8 April 2024

I don’t always start Newscast with a technical detail – but this one matters and underpins the work of many, many companies in our Association. In short, keep doing your experiments and manufacturing medicines as normal as we work hard to keep your reagents and materials supply chain operating smoothly.

 

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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.

 

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