Supporting manufacturers of medicines in order to grow the UK economy

The core goal of the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community is to accelerate the outcomes from the medicines manufacturing  ISCF Challenge which has seen £146m invested in different projects, including the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre and Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres. We aim to connect and grow the sector, facilitating collaboration across industry, realising this ambition through working with established groups and networking, as well as running workshops, generating white papers and case studies with a defined identity visible online.

KTN is a partner in the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP), alongside The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the BioIndustry Association (BIA). MMIP represents the voice of medicines manufacturers in the UK. It was established jointly by the Government and the biopharmaceutical industry in 2014 to ensure that the UK is recognised by the global medicines industry as a world-class advanced centre for medicines manufacturing.

The UK’s medicine industry is one of the country’s leading manufacturing sectors, with exports worth over £20bn. The Partnership wants to ensure that the UK continues to be an attractive place for this high-value industry to secure exports, provide high skilled job opportunities and contribute to solving the country’s productivity puzzle.

MMIP has several aims, which includes increasing the relative global proportion of medicines manufacturing investment in the UK and acting as a strong coordinated voice for the medicines manufacturing sector. It also aims to identify measures to improve the global competitiveness of UK medicines manufacturing and promote the benefits of the UK as a location of choice for medicines manufacturing.

Events and recordings

Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community Event, Wed 31st March

This event, which was originally due to take place in April at the Technology Innovation Centre in Glasgow, was held digitally on 31st March 2021. Hosted by KTN and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre partners, it was an opportunity to learn about the UK’s infrastructure to accelerate the development and manufacture of vital advanced therapies, medicines and vaccines, and to hear about the results and innovations arising from ISCF and UKRI-funded projects in Medicines Manufacturing. View the recording here.

Funding Opportunities

ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter Smart Factory Innovation Hubs: now extended to End of May 2021

The aim of the HVM Catapult Made Smarter Smart Factory Innovation Hubs pilot will be to allow businesses to test quick-fire projects and early-stage technologies in a safe, industry-like environment with expert support.

The Made Smarter offering, delivered by the HVM (High Value Manufacturing) Catapult, will consist of sixteen physical and virtual hubs, giving businesses from sectors like food and drink, pharmaceuticals or aerospace an opportunity to see how they can address live business problems using industrial digital technologies.. Watch the recording of the Concepts & Collaboration Building workshop webinar here.

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IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies and energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies, Spring 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million for grants to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation technologies for industrial processes, and/or to deploy technologies which improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes, reducing energy bills and cutting carbon emissions. Both calls close on 14th July 2021.


KTN’s Health team members in this area can help you or your business with funding, expertise and connecting with innovators from other sectors:

Gabriela Juarez Martinez – Knowledge Transfer Manager

Marcel Kuiper – Knowledge Transfer Manager

Karen Wilkinson – Knowledge Transfer Manager

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