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U.K. building $85M cell therapy manufacturing operation

The Cell Therapy Catapult is part of a government program created a couple of years ago to pump up the cell therapy industry in the U.K. The group plans to invest more than $85 million to build a large-scale cell manufacturing facility in Stevenage that companies can contract with for early-stage to commercial work.

U.K. heavyweights commit $16M to Oxford Uni genome data analysis spinout

Heavyweights of the United Kingdom biotech investing scene have backed Genomics, a spinout from the University of Oxford that is developing a genome data analysis platform. Genomics is working with unnamed pharmaceutical companies to apply the platform to drug development.

NHS sets out vision for IT-enabled, research-facilitating future

The U.K. government has set out its vision for how the National Health Service will transform into a tech-savvy, research-enabling organization by 2020. As part of the wide-reaching strategy, NHS England will create "test bed" sites at which bioinformatics approaches and other tools will be tested.

New group wants to attract pharma manufacturing to the U.K.

A new Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership has been jointly established by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the BioIndustry Association.

U.K. panel under pressure to extend use of Merck's Gardasil to boys

The debate around use of Merck's Gardasil in the United Kingdom is ratcheting up ahead of a meeting of the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) in October.

Illumina to invest $273M in U.K. after striking genome-sequencing deal

The British government has unveiled a major funding boost for its 100,000 Genomes Project, with a further $506 million (£300 million) set to be spent over the next four years. Illumina is responsible for more than half of the cash, with the U.S. sequencing giant due to invest $273 million in England.

Study: Red tape hindering use of EHRs in research

The rise of electronic health records was heralded as a step toward the merging of patient care and research, a scenario in which data from the day-to-day of healthcare is gathered to inform treatment and drug development. But a study in the United Kingdom suggests that while technology can now facilitate this vision, the path is blocked by another barrier: red tape.

Job-cutting Pfizer saves 100 jobs in Ireland

Pfizer has a reputation for being a company that will cut jobs deeply once a merger is done, a rap that raised a lot of fears during its run at AstraZeneca. But the U.S. drugmaker can now point to about 100 jobs in Ireland that it is sparing as business has improved.

Illumina strikes sequencing deal with England's 100K Genome Project

When Illumina unveiled its HiSeq X Ten in January, the alignment between its capabilities and the needs of England's 100K Genome Project were clear. The project aims to sequence 100,000 genomes by 2017 for around $160 million, figures that only look achievable using the massive output and relatively low costs of the HiSeq X Ten. This week the tie-up became official.

U.K. commits cash to $24.7M industry-focused formulation center

Another piece of the United Kingdom's push to create a National Formulation Centre fell into place this week when a state-funded group joined with industry to commit £14.4 million ($24.7 million) to a product and process design facility. The new site will support companies with the development, prototyping and scale-up of formulated products.