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MMIP urges government investment in medicines manufacturing sites

Will the government invest in medicines manufacturing centres of excellence?

A pharma group is pressing the government for help to build four medicines manufacturing centres of excellence across the UK.

The Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP)* says the centres would provide high-skilled jobs and help plug gaps in the UK’s capabilities in areas like diagnostics and packaging, advanced therapy production and small molecule processing.

In a report, Page Content

Manufacturing vision for UK pharma, the MMIP sets out a list of things it wants, including:

  • a medicines manufacturing innovation centre in Scotland capable of providing a clinical supply of medicines and further develop manufacturing capabilities
  • an open-access site to allow the manufacturing of complex medicines and handling of high-potency materials
  • a centre to support the development of the next generation of packaging technology and smart devices required for new types of medicines
  • continued support for a centre for manufacturing cutting-edge specialised cell and gene therapies

MMIP says the government has already set-aside an investment of £197m over four years to develop technologies for the manufacture of medicines that will speed up patient access to new drugs and treatments.

*MMIP represents the voice of medicines manufacturers in the UK. It was established jointly by the government and the biopharmaceutical industry in 2014.

Further information

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