Britain’s commitment to be a world leader in the bio-pharmaceutical industry has been underlined by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
He pledged the government’s support at a meeting of industry leaders including those from companies such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
He said: “This is one of the great industries for the future. We need a highly innovative industry, and we need to make sure that medical advances are possible.
“We want Britain to be a world leader in the future, and the NHS to be an innovation champion. We want the government to be behind you at all stages.”
Dr Richard Barker, boss of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said action was needed if the UK is to remain a world leader in the discovery and development of new drugs.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson said he would ask the Ministerial Industry Strategy Group to develop a plan to look at work under way, and to improve cross-government links with the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Copyright Press Association 2009