Influencing and shaping our sector, BIA update: July - October 2018

The BioIndustry Association (BIA)’s ongoing engagement enables our members’ voices to be heard at the highest levels. 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 July to October 2018.

This quarter, the BIA has engaged Ministers, shadow Ministers, and MPs at all four main party conferences to ensure the cross-party support for our sector continues. We have continued to highlight the impact of a no-deal Brexit both publicly and to the government while keeping our members up-to-date with the latest developments. Our engagement on the implementation of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and the Sector Deal continues at the highest levels of government.

Our quarterly finance data shows that UK biotech is very strong. We have written to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Budget to emphasise the sector’s valuable contribution to the economy and we called for a strong industry voice in the UKRI’s funding decisions in our submission to a parliamentary inquiry. To highlight the innovative work of our members, we have also published a series of science explainers to celebrate UK bioscience. Read about this and much more below.

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