BIA and MHRA publish report following joint conference

The UK BioIndustry Association and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency brought together experts from across the sector to discuss hot topics and important developments at their recent conference — Innovation in life sciences in a changing and dynamic environment

Through a series of presentations, panel discussions and Q and A, key topics were debated and analysed including the Accelerated Access Review and the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, personalised medicines and companion diagnostics, the Priority Medicines (PRIME) scheme and the challenges posed to medicines regulation by Brexit.

The key note speakers for the seventh annual joint conference were Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Lord O’Shaughnessy who provided the UK Government’s position to retain a close working partnership in respect of medicines regulation after the UK leaves the EU, in the interests of public health and safety, and Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, who outlined the challenges faced by the NHS, the opportunities for industry in the NHS Five Year Forward View and the patient’s role in promoting access to new medicines.

The report published by the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) summarises the presentations and perspectives from senior experts and leading speakers from the government, NHS England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the life science industry, academia, research charities, MHRA and patient organisations.

Alan Morrison, Chairman of BIA Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee and VP of International Regulatory Affairs and MSD, said: “It is important not to lose sight of innovation when navigating this dynamic and changing environment.

“As the government continues with the Brexit negotiations this event provides an important forum for industry, regulators and all relevant stakeholders to come together to talk about the practicalities, challenges and opportunities around Brexit. It was particularly encouraging to have the minister at the conference and to offer a clear message to the life sciences sector.”

Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive of the MHRA, said: “It is a priority of the MHRA to support innovation across industry, SMEs, academia and healthcare, providing help to develop novel medicines, devices and manufacturing processes, through mechanisms such as the Early Access to Medicines Scheme and the MHRA Innovation Office. This annual conference is a fantastic opportunity for continuous dialogue and engagement between regulators, government and stakeholders across the life sciences ecosystem.”

The full report can be downloaded here and a full programme and slide presentations for this year can be found on the conference website.

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