Press Releases

UK on track to beat 2016 biotech venture capital fundraising and maintain European lead in 2017

The Biotech Financing Update, January-June 2017, offers an update on the figures from the annual finance report – ‘Building something great: UK’s Global bioscience cluster’ - that the BIA produced in conjunction with their data partner Informa Pharma Intelligence. This snapshot takes a look at the headline data for the first half of 2017 and will be updated in January 2018 when the full year data will be released.

BIA responds to the Treasury’s Patient Capital Review

The BIA has today (Friday 22 September) welcomed the government’s proposal to establish a new National Investment Fund to support the growth of innovative UK bioscience companies.

BIA responds to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Florence speech

BIA CEO, Steve Bates,responds to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Florence speech.

BIA and MHRA publish report following joint conference ‘Innovation in life sciences in a changing and dynamic environment’

The UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) brought together experts from across the sector to discuss some hot topics and important developments that are having an impact on the changing and dynamic UK life sciences ecosystem.


Member News

Locate Therapeutics Receives Biomedical Catalyst Primer Award To Develop Personalised Cell Therapies For Compromised Patient Populations

Locate Therapeutics' IntraStem Intracellular Delivery System offers the possibility of increasing MSC transfection rates by up to 200% Combined with the TAOS Matrix, IntraStem can deliver antibodies, magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and nucleic acids (plasmid (p)DNA, mRNA and siRNA) into cells at much higher levels than the current alternatives for reprogramming, as well as improving gene editing, using for example, the CRISPR-cas9 approach

Scancell appoints Dr Cliff Holloway as Chief Executive Officer

Scancell Holdings plc, the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Cliff Holloway as Chief Executive Officer of Scancell, starting 10 January 2018. Cliff will seek to drive progress of Scancell’s immunotherapy platforms ImmunoBody® and Moditope® and oversee their commercialisation. Cliff succeeds Richard Goodfellow who will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Synpromics wins best emerging UK synthetic biotech company at OBN Awards

Synpromics is thrilled to announce they have been awarded Best Emerging UK Synthetic Biotech Company at the 9th Annual OBN Awards

BTG plc acquires Roxwood Medical

London, UK, 5 October 2017: BTG plc (LSE: BTG), the global specialist healthcare company, today announces it has acquired Roxwood Medical (“Roxwood”), an innovative provider of advanced cardiovascular specialty catheters used in the treatment of patients with severe coronary and peripheral artery disease.


BIA blog

Video of the week: Testing new treatments for vascular dementia, Prof Hugh Markus, Alzheimer's Research UK

Prof Hugh Markus and his team are developing a method of using MRI brain scans to measure the effect of new treatments for small vessel disease, one of the main causes of vascular dementia. Their approach aims to reduce the cost of early clinical trials which, in turn, will allow researchers to take more new drugs into testing and help get effective treatments into the hands of patients sooner.

Big data: the new oil? Discussions from the party conferences

By Eric Johnsson, BIA Policy & Public Affairs Executive. The party conference season is over for another year and while not everything went according to plan, the BIA’s events were successful. With parliament back in full swing and Brexit negotiations back in not-quite-so-full-swing, it has been a busy two weeks in politics since the conference season ended but here we look back at the BIA’s party conference activity.

Guest blog: Opportunities for UK Advanced Therapies sector through Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - competitions open as part of ISCF £146m investments

By Dr Sarah Goulding, Specialist in advanced therapies and medicines at The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

CEO Update: Monday 16 October

Last Thursday we held one of the most stimulating and vibrant events of the BIA calendar – the UK Bioscience Forum. Taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, the UKBSF brought together almost 300 people from across the sector for a jam-packed day of networking, presentations, and panel discussions.


Our publications

Growing the next generation of UK management talent

BIA directory of industry training opportunities to help build the next generation of management talent.

A vision for the UK life sciences sector in 2025

This vision, developed in consultation with the BIA Board and sector experts, sets out an ambitious goal for the UK to become a top global cluster in life sciences by 2025.