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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 8 July 2021

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Life Sciences Vision
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 6 July 2021
The Life Sciences Vision sets out the Government and the life science sector’s ambitions for the sector over the next decade. It focuses on addressing some of the UK’s most significant healthcare challenges, including cancer, dementia, and obesity and how the UK can become the leading global hub for Life Sciences.

The UK aims to be the global leader for development, testing, access, and uptake of new and innovative treatments, medicines and technologies.

There is a focus on four themes which include, developing strategies to tackle future disease following COVID-19, building the science and clinical research infrastructure, supporting innovative technologies in the NHS and establishing a business environment that promotes company growth.

The Vision outlines proposals for immediate action in NHS England together with an ambition to work closely with NHS Scotland and Wales, and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland.

Following the pandemic, there is an opportunity to focus on developing new modes of administering vaccines and tackling the barriers which prevent the scale-up and commercialisation of those novel vaccine formulation technologies.

Additionally, the UK’s departure from the EU provides an opportunity to develop the regulatory environment, recognising the implications of Brexit regarding Northern Ireland and the importance of equity of patient access across the UK.

The recent structural and organisational changes allow for increased collaboration between Government, the NHS and the Life Sciences Sector.

Over the next few years three areas will be prioritised: Processes, systems and people, secondly, partnership, working and system join-up and lastly, regulation in a global context.

For medicines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will work with NHS partners and international regulators deliver the world’s leading regulatory model for Digital Health products, which will be a key driver of innovation in the next decade.

Additionally, the MHRA will draw learnings from COVID-19 to enhance existing regulatory processes and systems. This will include early access to expertise and advice, digitisation, virtual regulatory inspections, integrated systems and use of real-world evidence.
The work of the MHRA will be supported by an integrated, multiagency approach, working alongside NICE, NHS England, NHSX and the NIHR to best support the most innovative new medicines and technologies.

The Health System will ensure that health data can be safely accessed by regulators, to allow evidence and advanced analytical tools to be used most effectively.

The Life Sciences sector supports the Government’s net zero target with a commitment to reduce their environmental footprint. The Greener NHS Initiative is supporting the NHS and its supply chain to reach net zero by 2045.

The Life Sciences Vision will further support net zero targets through aiming to reduce the need for prolonged treatment and frequent visits to healthcare settings, digitisation of the UK’s regulatory system to reduce paper use and supporting the deployment of green manufacturing technologies.

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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 8 July 2021

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