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HDA UK MEDIA AND POLITICAL BULLETIN – 25 August 2017

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Drugs sector first to get industrial strategy boost with plan launch next week
The Daily Telegraph, Iain Withers, 24 August 2017

The government will revive its industrial strategy next week with a launch event for the first report on how the Government can boost the 220,000 strong drugs sector in the UK. The report will apparently focus on attracting investment and cutting red tape. The pharmaceutical sector is one of five that are the focus of the Industrial Strategy, which also includes an emphasis on robotics and low-emission vehicles. Pharmaceutical industry leaders have been invited to the unveiling next Wednesday, at Birmingham’s Institute of Translational Medicine. It is though Business Secretary Greg Clark will be the minister in attendance. The head of the report, Sir John Bell, is said to focus on proposals to boost R&D, manufacturing and skills, start-ups and suggestions to improve the relationship between the drug industry and the NHS. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy declined to comment on the timing of the announcement, but said “the Government is prepared to work with any sector that organises behind strong leadership, and offers a clear and compelling case for partnership”.

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Drugs sector first to get industrial strategy boost with plan launch next week
The Daily Telegraph, Iain Withers, 24 August 2017~

The Government will revive its industrial strategy next week with a launch event for the first report on how the Conservatives plan to stimulate Britain’s economy ahead of Brexit, with the £60bn life sciences sector first under the microscope.

The report, authored by Canadian–British immunologist and geneticist Sir John Bell, will lay out recommendations to boost the 220,000-strong UK drugs sector through new investment and cutting red tape.

The Daily Telegraph has learned pharmaceutical industry leaders have been invited to the unveiling next Wednesday at Birmingham’s Institute of Translational Medicine, a clinical research facility opened two years ago.

It is expected to be hosted by Sir John and a government minister, with Business Secretary Greg Clark thought to be the most likely candidate.

The Conservatives will hope the revival of its industrial strategy will help it reset its relationship with business, after an election campaign roundly panned for being anti-enterprise.

Life sciences was one of five ‘winners’ picked by Theresa May under her industrial strategy launched in January, alongside low emission vehicles, industrial digitalisation, nuclear and the creative industries.

Sir John’s report is expected to contain proposals to boost R&D, manufacturing and skills, start-ups and suggestions to improve the fractious relationship between the drugs industry and the NHS.

Each report will be followed up by a “sector deal” from the Government providing concrete spending commitments and policies, with the life sciences deal expected this autumn.

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy declined to comment on the timing of the announcement, but said: “As the Business Secretary has made clear, through our Industrial Strategy the Government is prepared to work with any sector which self-organizes behind strong leadership, offers a clear and compelling case for a partnership with Government, with clear proposals for boosting the productivity of their sector.

“We look forward to continuing our engagement with the sector and discussing with industry their specific proposals when they are published.”

HDA UK MEDIA AND POLITICAL BULLETIN – 25 August 2017

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