On Monday 12 December, Life Sciences UK hosted a Parliamentary exhibition showcasing how the UK is leading in the development of cutting-edge healthcare technologies to save and improve the lives of patients.
The reception, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Life Sciences, supported by ABPI, focused on how the NHS has the potential to be a world leader in the research, development and adoption of healthcare innovation. Speaking at the event was Jo Churchill MP, Vice Chair of the APPG for Life Sciences and George Freeman MP, Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board.
The reception featured displays and demonstrations of the very latest life-changing technologies. This included remote monitoring devices for patients with cardiac implants and an app enabling patients diseases such as cancer and Parkinson's disease to track symptoms relevant to their conditions and set up medication and task reminders.
Jo Churchill MP, Vice Chair of the APPG for Life Sciences commented, "Parliament, as well as patient groups and industry, has an important role to play in improving patient access to medicines. The life sciences industry is making a huge contribution to the health and wealth of the UK but the pace of innovation is outstripping the system. We need to make sure the NHS is equipped to quickly adopt these new medicines."
George Freeman MP, Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board told the reception, "Our world-leading life science sector – which generates over £60 billion and over 220,000 jobs for the UK economy each year, and provides products which the NHS and UK patients rely on every day – is of critical importance to the country."
About the APPG for Life Sciences
The role of the APPG for Life Sciences is to raise awareness and understanding of the valuable contribution the life sciences sector provides to the health and wealth of the nation.
The secretariat for the APPG is Life Sciences UK, the collaborative name for the life science industry's four trade associations – the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), the BioIndustry Association (BIA), and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA).
Details of the APPG for Life Sciences are on the Parliament.uk website.
The reception was attended by over by over 100 representatives from the life sciences community, including industry, Parliamentarians, academia, the health service and the charitable sector.