ABPI Conference 2023 The ABPI’s 2023 flagship annual conference took place on 27 April 2023 and focussed on Growing the UK as a Global Hub for Life Sciences.

ABPI Conference 2023

The ABPI’s 2023 flagship annual conference took place on 27 April 2023 and focussed on Growing the UK as a Global Hub for Life Sciences.

Delivering the shared goal to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use the medicines and vaccines of the future has never been more important. Life Sciences is a sector that Government has identified as being able to deliver the jobs and growth the economy needs.

The agenda included expert speakers from across the UK life sciences ecosystem, with a video message from the Prime Minister, keynote speeches from the Health Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for business, as well as panel discussions on:

  • R&D as an engine for growth
  • Improving the health and productivity of the whole of the UK
  • Building the UK’s global strengths

Our thanks to the speakers, supporters, ABPI members, and invited guests who attended and made the day so memorable.

Video transcript

Dr Richard Torbett, Chief Executive, ABPI

A really warm welcome to the 2023 ABPI annual conference. Our industry could add £68 billion worth of GDP to the UK economy over the next 30 years just, from R&D investment alone, if we fully deliver the life sciences vision.

I have to say that was a first for the API conference we don't normally get personalised videos from the Prime Minister.

I can't welcome you to today's ABPI conference without mentioning the upcoming coming voluntary scheme negotiations - the VPAS.

We also have the NHS the largest integrated health system in the world.


Dr Catherine Elliott, Director of Research & Partnerships, Cancer Research UK

But now one in two people will live for more than 10 years after a cancer diagnosis. Some forms of cancer are becoming almost liveable with or in fact curable.


Dr Jill Richardson, Executive Director and Head of Biology, MSD, London Discovery Centre

As a company were highly research led and partner with health systems across the globe. And we invest in scientific discovery and translation, clinical discovery and access pathways.


Dr Jonathan Pearce, Director of Strategy and Planning, Medical Research Council

Medicine centres and making the NHS an actually global genomic centre.


Simon Newton, General Manager Uk and Ireland, Jazz Pharmaceuticals

And it's so great to be here, to see all our awesome colleagues and people that haven't seen for a while or face to face in one place. What a great opportunity.


Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive Officer, Asthma + Lung UK

Asthma + Lung UK is the national lung charity. We fund medical research, we provide advice, support and services and we advocate for change.


Professor David Lowe, Clinical Director Health Innovation, Scottish Government

But how do we build evidence, for decision makers to make good decisions?


Dame June Raine DBE, Chief Executive, MHRA

It couldn't have come at a better time, as you say, with this pivotal moment of inflection.


Dr Mark Effingham, Deputy CEO, UK Biobank

UK Biobank really is truly a special resource and part of the UK research landscape.


Roz Campion, Director, Office for Life Sciences

The first thing that I plan to talk about is three reasons to be cheerful.


John Stewart, National Director of Specialised Commissioning, NHS England

In the year that the NHS will in fact celebrating seventy five years since its creation.


The Rt Hon Steven Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The potential of AI in life science is something, that we in this room have long been alive to, from detecting cancers to scanning potential transplant organs.


Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Secretary for Business and Industrial Strategy

So the opportunities I know exist in this sector have the potential to transform, not just healthcare but the quality of life for millions of people.

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