Healthcare and Life Sciences

The UK is the home of life sciences and healthcare innovation and can supply well-evidenced technologies, products, services, and solutions. We offer a globally-unique biomedical ecosystem matched with powerful research data and the scale of our National Health Service (NHS).

Talent

The UK is home to 3 of the top 5 universities in the world for preclinical, clinical and health subjects, and 2 of the top 3 for life sciences.

Opportunity

There are more products in preclinical and clinical development in the UK than in any other country in Europe. The UK exported £30bn in life sciences products in 2016.

Track record

The NHS is the largest integrated health system in the world. It has been operating for more than 70 years and is rated the top global health system by the Commonwealth Fund.

5,800+

life science companies

248,000+

people employed in life sciences

1st

for life sciences research in the G7 by citation impact

£80bn

R&D funding pledged over the next ten years

11,000+

people employed in AI and digital health

65m

people served by the NHS

Research and development

The UK has 4 of the world’s top 10 universities for preclinical, clinical and health subjects. UK researchers and institutions have been responsible for many major scientific breakthroughs - from the discovery of penicillin and the structure of DNA to advancements in neuroscience and medical imaging, and developments in stem cells and in vitro fertilization.

Government commitment

The UK has a long-term industrial strategy providing billions of pounds of funding to deliver the next generation of life changing treatments and technologies. A Grand Challenge mission will transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030.

The right environment

The UK offers leading-edge research and innovation platforms to test, bring to market and commercialise the next generation of discoveries. It is one of the world’s easiest places to do business, and offers one of the best tax environments for R&D.

Leading edge technology

The UK had one in four of the top 100 companies in the 2018 Global Digital Health 100. It has grown Europe’s leading cluster for cell and gene therapies and continues to build national infrastructure for advanced therapies. The NHS is the first national healthcare system to introduce genomics into mainstream medicine.

Incorporating leading edge technology in healthcare

The NHS was first national health system in the world to introduce genomics into mainstream medicine and the first in Europe to introduce CAR-T to patients.

Next steps

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