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BSI responds to ABPI report on the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry

30 January 2019

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has released a new report called ‘Bridging the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry: Maintaining the UK’s leading position in life sciences.’  This skills survey and report highlights a significant concern around a lack of highly skilled candidates for jobs in the biosciences sector, and immunology in particular is cited as an area of high concern where this skills gap is most pressing. Ensuring that the UK has sufficient skills within its workforce is key to maintaining our successful pharmaceutical and biotech sectors and world-leading reputation in immunology.

In response to this report, the British Society for Immunology has released the following statement:


Professor Arne Akbar, President of the British Society for Immunology, said:

“Immunology is an exciting growth area that covers some of most innovative research with real potential to transform diagnostics, treatments and preventative measures that we are able to offer patients.  The UK ranks first amongst the G7 nations for our research in immunity and infectious disease, but we can only maintain this strength if we have the skills in our workforce to allow this pioneering work to proceed. Our own observations concur with the ABPI’s findings and we too call for a step change for more funding to attract high-quality candidates into the discipline and to nurture them through their training and development. This increase in core strength, coupled with the UK maintaining an outward looking and open focus, will promote the collaboration with and recruitment of highly-skilled specialists in immunology from around the world.”


You can download a full copy of the report from the ABPI’s website.