New report reveals UK has the strongest R&D pipeline in Europe and the UK sector is maturing

BIA is launching Pipeline Progressing: the UK’s global bioscience cluster in 2017 (attached), which takes a look at the key trends from biotech financing in 2017 and then a forward look at the pipeline in the UK (the strongest in Europe) and also predictions for the year ahead. There are a range of case studies in there from companies that have done particularly well in 2017 – let me know if you’d like me to put you in touch with any of them to speak to. BIA CEO Steve Bates is also available for interview so please contact me on the details below if you would like to set an interview up. I have jpg and png files of all of the graphs and charts if you would like them as well.

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Key statistics from Pipeline Progressing: the UK’s global bioscience cluster in 2017 :

  • The UK has the strongest pipeline in Europe across all preclinical and clinical stages, with 351 preclinical products, 43 phase I, 70 phase II and 15 phase III
  • UK biotech company IPOs raised more than twice as much money in 2017 (£234m) than in 2016 (£105m)
  • UK biotech raised more on the public markets than in venture capital as UK companies matured and progressed through the funding lifecycle with £515m raised in venture capital, £234m raised in IPOs and £452m raised in follow on funding
  • LSE’s Main Market has seen major indirect investment through vehicles that fund the biopharma sector including Arix Bioscience (£113m) and Biopharma Credit (£606m)
  • The 2017 IPO listings on Nasdaq (NuCana plc, Nightstar Therapeutics and Verona) show that there is global demand for UK biotech companies

BIA CEO, Steve Bates, said: “The UK’s impressive preclinical and clinical pipeline shows the strength and capability of the UK biotech ecosystem to produce fantastic science that attracts talent and funding from across the globe. There is money to be made as this pipeline develops. The Patient Capital Review means 2018 is the year UK pension funds will be nudged into backing this key sector of the future UK economy.

“It is also very encouraging to see that UK biotech companies are scaling and maturing at pace, and the variety of funding options open to them means we can build the third global cluster in bioscience in the UK.”

The report launches the same day as the Future of Healthcare Investor Forum at the London Stock Exchange and the BIA Gala Dinner. We will also be having a panel discussion at the Biotech in the City event https://www.bioindustry.org/event-listing/biotech-and-the-city.html – if you’d like to come along to that in the afternoon then let me know.