Protect and grow UK Health and Life Sciences

Let’s get UK Health and Life Sciences back on top


The UK will lose its place as a world leading Health and Life Sciences destination if revenues continue to fall short of international competition - as they have over the last decade. We are calling on the government to deliver on its ambitious plans to support the sector’s prosperity and global competitiveness to enable the UK to achieve its world leading potential.


The change we’re calling for


Throughout the pandemic huge demands were placed on innovative research, front line support and agile manufacturing to support the NHS. To capitalise on the gains and leadership demonstrated by the Health and Life Sciences sector throughout, we are calling on the government to take a new and strategic approach to support, learning from the public and private sectors, to address the health challenges of the next decade.

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    The implementation of the Life Science Sector Vision

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    Delivery of the government’s health budget and R&D commitment to support the health and life sciences sector

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    Cement the NHS as a world leader in the uptake of innovative health products through improved collaboration between health services, regulators, industry and academia

Health as a superpower


The opportunity on offer

The global market in pharmaceuticals and medtech was worth £1.2tn in 2020. With strong growth of around 5% expected per year through 2030, these sectors could be major drivers of UK economic success. And the top 25 pharma companies, as well as the top 30 medtech companies, all already operate in the UK.

  • The UK’s Life sciences sector contributes an annual turnover over £80bn

  • The global life science market has been growing by 2% annually, but UK life science revenues have remained flat from 2010 – 2019

  • Next generation medicines and cell and gene therapies are expected to exceed $35bn by 2026

Our progress and impact


The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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