BIA responds to EU referendum vote

BIA remains committed to making the UK the third global cluster for life sciences

Commenting in reaction to the EU referendum vote, BIA CEO Steve Bates said: 'This is not the outcome that the BIA wanted, but we accept the views of the UK people. The life sciences sector is a resilient community, unfazed by new challenges and staffed by great management teams used to working in a global environment. The fundamentals of UK bioscience remain strong. In terms of potential new therapies in the pipeline, the UK is by far the strongest in Europe. But several key issues for our sector are now in flux.'

'Key questions about the regulation of medicine, access to the single market and talent, intellectual property and the precise nature of the future relationship of the UK with Europe are now upon us. This will require detailed and dispassionate thinking and the BIA will make its and its membersí expertise available to the government and its key agencies in the coming weeks and months as we work through these complex issues,' he added.

He concluded: 'The BIA remains committed to making the UK the third global cluster for life sciences and we will work closely with government and relevant agencies to see how this ambition can be delivered in the new political context we now find ourselves in as a country.'

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