The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) have welcomed the Government’s decision to fund a project to develop new digital design and manufacturing processes for medicines. This has the potential to propel the UK to the forefront of medicinal product design and manufacture through modelling and simulation in medicines development in order to reduce uncertainty and make better, faster and safer design and operating decisions.
The Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) which was launched last year by ABPI and BIA brought together key industry stakeholders to develop and shape the bid ultimately leading to today’s successful funding announcement. This exciting new project is the first major accomplishment for the MMIP which was established to bring the UK’s medicines manufacturing industry together to work towards a common goal of creating an attractive and innovation-driven environment to drive UK competitiveness, and build international recognition, in medicines manufacturing. The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) also played a key role in securing this funding and has worked closely with the MMIP since its establishment in September of last year.
Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Process Systems Enterprise Ltd (PSE), Perceptive Engineering Ltd, Britest Ltd, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, STFC and the University of Strathclyde will be working on this project with the full support of the MMIP.
Commenting on the funding announcement ABPI Project Director for Manufacturing James Christie said: “I warmly welcome this announcement and I am very proud of MMIP’s role in helping to secure funding for this project. I firmly believe that this will be a powerful vehicle for enhancing the external environment for medicines manufacturing. Most importantly it will enable new and complex medicines to be developed and brought to market quicker and more cost effectively”.
Commenting on the funding announcement BIA CEO Steve Bates said: “This is a fantastic achievement arising out of the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership. This investment is a positive step towards increasing the UK’s prominence in medicine manufacturing and also in safeguarding and creating jobs. It’s also great to see a further £6.2 million grant awarded to the CPI as part of their project, adopting innovative technologies emerging from UK SMEs to improve the supply chain for biologic medicinal products.”
Commenting on the announcement Tommy Dolan Pfizer Vice President Pharmaceutical Sciences said: “We welcome this valuable addition to the UK infrastructure. It will harness the expertise of world leading UK academic institutions and industry to design the most advanced and complex medicines for the future. This project to develop new digital design and manufacturing processes for medicines will give the UK world leading capability in advanced manufacturing of medicines. ”