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ABPI/ BIA relocate together

The UK's Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the BioIndustry Association are to relocate to shared offices in London by the end of May

The UK's Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the BioIndustry Association (BIA) are to relocate to shared offices in the Victoria region of London by the end of May.

The bodies, each representing its respective area of life sciences, will remain independent organisations, although the move will 'faciliate more effective joint working on cross-industry issues' according to a shared statement.

Announcing the move, Dr Richard Barker, director general of the ABPI, commented on increased collaborative efforts with the BIA since the establishment of the UK Office for Life Sciences in April 2009 to address key issues affecting the pharmaceutical, medical biotech and devices sectors.

He said: "Our organisations have been able to operate more strategically, and more effectively, by representing the life sciences sector with one voice, alongside the ABHI [Association of British Healthcare Industries] and BIVDA [British In Vitro Diagnostics Association]. This move strengthens a joint determination that the UK remain a great place to invest and do business in life sciences."

Nigel Gaymond, chief executive of the BIA, also championed the decision: "The UK has exceptional strengths in life sciences. Establishing a central venue where those with an interest in life sciences can access the combined expertise of the BIA and ABPI will enable us to highlight more effectively all that the UK has to offer."

16th May 2011

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