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  • Life Sciences Industry Raises the Bar in Northern Ireland
    Mike Thompson
  • Peter Ellingworth
  • Steve Bates

Life Sciences Industry Raises the Bar in Northern Ireland

Jun 17 2019 Read 479 Times

The UK’s newest life sciences asset, Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland (HIRANI) was unveiled at a BIO reception in Philadelphia hosted by the UK Department for International Trade, Invest Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government, BIA, AstraZeneca and the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. A formal launch event followed on June 5 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

A partnership between academic, local government, clinical and life sciences constituencies, HIRANI is set to deliver the health and wealth potential of Northern Ireland’s thriving life sciences ecosystem, collectively promoting itself nationally and internationally, while driving connectivity across the sector and acting as a portal for external collaborators seeking to partner with the region.

Welcoming the news, ABPI Chief Executive Mike Thompson said: 
“Northern Ireland has long punched well above its weight in terms of life sciences innovation, particularly in the fields of respiratory disease, heart disease and cancer. HIRANI will make it easier for its network of universities, industry and health organisations to work together to achieve improved health and social care outcomes for Northern Ireland’s 1.8 million residents, as well as sustained economic growth for the region. 

“We look forward to playing an active role in partnering with HIRANI as we have in Greater Manchester, where a similar model has delivered 41 new life sciences collaborations over just two years.”

ABHI Chief Executive Peter Ellingworth commented: “We are delighted that HIRANI will provide the infrastructure to ensure that the life science community can work as a collective within Northern Ireland to then raise its profile internationally and play its leading role in global collaboration.” 

BIA Chief Executive Steve Bates said: “By bringing together health care providers, research bodies, companies and supply chains, HIRANI will be ideally placed to identify and champion the exciting opportunities within the Northern Ireland life sciences ecosystem. 

“This is further proof of the thriving life sciences sector in Northern Ireland and shows the diverse strength of the UK life sciences sector as a whole, where our global strength is underpinned by a world class research base and where innovative companies are working at the forefront of pioneering treatments for patients, across the nations of the UK.”

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