Going global with UK life sciences


The UK had the largest delegation at the 2017 BIO International Convention which has just finished in San Diego. Alderley Park was one of the main supporters of the UK pavilion at what is the industry’s most important annual gathering.

“Every single country that has identified biotechnology as a strategic priority for growth had an official presence at this year’s event,” said Chris Doherty, Managing Director at Alderley Park. “Biotech is the most global of industries. Given the change our country is about to experience with the exit from the EU it was good to see so many people from here making a determined effort to collectively showcase our offer. The UK does have world-leading expertise and capability across our academic, commercial and scientific base – and our health system and low tax regime are both well-suited to innovation-based businesses.”

The event organisers booked former Prime Minister David Cameron as one of the keynote speakers at the event, which drew 17,000 delegates from 61 countries. The UK Department for International Trade hosted a well-received pavilion within the main exhibition, which was the base for the 500+ UK delegates. The North of England representation included the Alderley Park BioHub, Aptus Clinical, Northwest EHealth, along with the Northern Health Science Alliance, Corridor Manchester and Bradford-based Crystec Pharma.

We spoke to some of the UK delegates about their experience of BIO 2017: