What is the biopharmaceutical industry doing in the fight against COVID-19?

A blog by Bernard Mallee, Director of Communications and Advocacy, IPHA

As COVID-19 spreads, biopharmaceutical innovators are at the heart of the fightback against the pandemic.

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Former Government Advisor Jim McGrath appointed to key pharma role

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Biopharmaceutical Industry Calls for National Strategy to Fulfil Promise of Innovation

Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade officially opens conference

BioPharma Ambition 2020, a partnership of IPHA, BPCI and NIBRT, urges focus on:

  • Cell and gene therapy to bring forward new treatments and cures for serious illnesses
  • New data architecture to track health outcomes, personalise care and measure ‘value’
  • Tripling of the number of clinical trials, from 125 studies to 375
  • Faster access to new new medicines through a new industry-State Agreement
  • Application of Industry 4.0 principles in advanced biologics manufacturing

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Patients Wait Almost 1,000 Days For New Medicines for Rare Diseases, Says IPHA


  • About 300,000 people in Ireland are affected by rare conditions during their lifetimes
  • Just 5% of rare diseases have treatment options
  • Stable research environment and faster access to new medicines needed to fight rare conditions

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Delegates set to gather for BioPharma Ambition to debate the future for medicines innovation

BioPharma Ambition 2020, an event that happens on March 3rd and 4th in Dublin Castle, is set to draw delegates from Ireland and across the world to debate the future for medicines innovation and investments

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IPHA Urges Progress On Access To New Medicines On World Cancer Day

  • Patients waiting three times longer than in comparable European countries to access new medicines
  • 8 cancer medicines now awaiting reimbursement for more than 926 days
  • Political will can unlock funding and access impasse
  • Every three minutes someone gets a cancer diagnosis and every hour someone dies from the disease


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