Influencing and shaping our sector | BIA update: January - April 2020

The BioIndustry Association (BIA)’s ongoing engagement enables our members’ voices to be heard at the highest levels. This quarterly update gives an overview of key policy developments and the BIA’s continued engagement with policymakers, regulatory authorities and wider stakeholders on behalf of the UK life sciences sector, from January to April 2020.

Our sector, like the rest of the world, looked very different at the beginning of this quarter compared to now. Since the escalation of the pandemic, the BIA has been busy coordinating our sector to ensure that UK science has a leading role in the global fight against COVID-19 while  also ensuring that the sector receives the right business support from government throughout the crisis. We have  launched a dedicated BIA COVID-19 web portal and are hosting weekly webinars.

Before the escalation of the pandemic, we continued our work on Brexit and the UK’s future trade policy, relaunched the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Life Sciences, and engaged with Accelerated Access Collaborative. And as a result of a BIA-led campaign, the Government radically changed the proposed cap on R&D tax credits to ensure genuine biotech companies are not penalised. Read about all this and much more in the report.

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