From Dr Eliot Forster, MedCity’s Executive Chair
You need around 50 professions to get a drug to market, and there is no better place to find that expertise than the UK – that was our main message for MedCity’s flying visit to BIO 2015 in Philadelphia in June. As ever, attending BIO was both an exhilarating and sobering reminder of the size, scale and competitiveness of the global life sciences industry. Talent is global but you’ll search a long time to find the concentration and critical mass of the greater south east – we must make sure we are taking every opportunity to broadcast that message.
We all know that a key ingredient for any commercial success is investment – life sciences businesses are no exception and in the UK we need more. So it was extremely exciting for me to co-host with the Mayor of London’s Office a round-table in June bringing together some of the best brains in the world to come up with real, lasting answers to this funding challenge. More details on that project are below, and discussions are continuing, in particular with the European Investment Bank – I will share updates with you as soon as I can.