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BioIndustry Association Release: Sector Gets to Work on Manifesto for Life Sciences
9/3/2013 8:44:47 AM
2 September 2013 -- Work to gather sector views for the development of a Life Science Manifesto for the 2015-20 Parliament is well underway as part of the collaboration bringing together the BioIndustry Association (BIA), Bionow, BioPartner UK and One Nucleus.
The Life Science manifesto 2015-20 project will seek views from companies and organisations from across the UK to develop the key sector asks and needs for the next Parliament.
Experience has shown time and again - most recently with the successful campaign for the continuation of the Biomedical Catalyst scheme - that a unified and coherent sector voice is most powerful and effective in achieving results and positive change.
The Life Science Manifesto project will enable the life science sector to take stock, assess the current environment and identify the key policy opportunities and challenges in the years ahead to reflect to policymakers. It is inclusive and UK-wide with numerous opportunities for engagement including 'voting' with ballot papers on key policy issues at the following events this year which will provide an early platform to get involved:
- BioCap - 18 September (run by Bionow)
- BIA UK Bioscience Forum - 10 October (run by BIA)
- BioEurope breakfast - 5 November (run by BioPartner)
- Genesis - 12 December (run by One Nucleus)
Steve Bates, BIA Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Through the Life Science Manifesto project the sector will have a chance to identify what we feel are the core needs and asks for the next Parliament so that the BIA can represent these views to policymakers in Whitehall, Westminster and Europe. Working in partnership with Bionow, BioPartner and One Nucleus will ensure the sector voice is effectively heard in a coherent way by parliamentarians and others."
Geoff Davison, Bionow Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Bionow members have the opportunity to make their views known and influence policy decisions at a UK level and at our BioCap event have the first chance to identify and discuss the key challenges to be overcome. I am excited about the opportunity to promote the needs of companies based in the North of England to policymakers."
Lin Bateson, BioPartner Executive Director, said:
"BioPartner welcomes the chance to unite with the sector to promote a unified voice to policymakers on the key issues that matter to companies and ensure the UK is an attractive location for life science activities and inward investment. We will use all opportunities to raise the profile of this initiative overseas starting at BioEurope on the 5th November."
Harriet Fear, One Nucleus Chief Executive, said:
"One Nucleus works hard to ensure our members voice is heard through the BIA at the national level and the Life Science Manifesto work will ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach across the sector to deliver greater impact. I look forward to discussing the issues at our Genesis event later in the year."
For further information, please contact:
BIA: Robert Winder, Head of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7630 2191; mobile 07825 942 934.
Bionow: Geoff Davison, CEO, email@example.com, 07968 323381
BioPartner: Lin Bateson, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7193 7815
One Nucleus: Harriet Fear, CEO, email@example.com, 01223 896 454
A ballot box allowing the sector to 'vote' on issues of importance to the sector will be available at the four events listed above.
Founded over 20 years ago at the infancy of biotechnology, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative enterprises involved in UK bioscience. Members include emerging and more established bioscience companies; pharmaceutical companies; academic, research and philanthropic organisations; and service providers to the bioscience sector. The BIA represents the interests of its members to a broad section of stakeholders, from government and regulators to patient groups and the media. Our goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, enabling our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives. For further information, please go to www.bioindustry.org
Bionow is a not for profit membership organisation for the biomedical / life-sciences industry in the North of England and supports business growth, competitiveness and innovation. Our membership base includes start-ups and early stage firms as well as established growth-oriented companies. Bionow's membership offering focuses upon the specific needs of firms at their different stages of development, including dedicated business support programmes, shared procurement schemes with significant cost savings, exclusive insurance benefits, recruitment and training services, local and national events and access to a vibrant network of businesses. Website: www.bionow.co.uk
BioPartner is an independent, accredited trade organisation, promoting international partnering for trade, investment and collaborations with UK Life Science companies. BioPartner's delegations promote the UK presence at major international biopharma conferences. Through the BioPartnership Programme, BioPartner assists companies to attend these events by providing access to government grants and heavily discounted entry fees. www.biopartner.co.uk
Established in May 2010, One Nucleus is the result of the merger of ERBI and London Biotechnology Network. One Nucleus is a not-for-profit membership organisation for international life science and healthcare companies and the largest of its kind in Europe. The company is based in Cambridge UK and London, at the heart of Europe's largest cluster. The 470 members include pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies and associated technical and commercial Service Providers. Website: www.onenucleus.com
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