£10m new funding to promote drug development in UK
26 March 2010
The UK Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (BRIC) is offering
£10m for research to find ways of delivering new medicines from
biological materials more quickly and effectively.
BRIC is a BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
Council)-led partnership with EPSRC (Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council) and the UK biopharmaceutical industry,
with support from the HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer
Network, and was established in 2005 to fund the very best UK
academics to carry out research to underpin the rapidly growing
field of biological medicines.
As well as allowing scientists to undertake long term studies,
this phase of BRIC is providing short term 'enabling funds' to
address particularly difficult bottlenecks in the manufacture of
biological medicines. These funds will allow the bioprocessing
industry to call on world-class scientific expertise to ensure that
new biological medicines can be made available to the consumer,
quickly and cheaply.
Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Director for Innovation and Skills,
said: "BRIC is a fantastic forum for experts from academia and
industry to join forces to further bioprocessing research in the UK.
"The UK pharmaceutical industry is a world leader, but its
competitiveness relies on being able to call on the best expertise
from academia. BRIC ensures that new and existing biopharmaceutical
treatments are underpinned by excellent science."
This, the second phase of BRIC (BRIC2), aims to continue the
success of the initial 5-year phase which has already committed £13m
of spending in bioprocessing research. BRIC2 will focus on 5
priority areas, namely:
Bioprocessing research challenges for protein products and
their host cell producers:
- high-throughput bioprocess development;
- effective modelling of whole bioprocesses;
- robust and effective analytics for bioprocessing; and
- bioprocessing research for cellular products.
For more information see the Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council website: