Life science competitiveness indicators

Life science competitiveness indicators
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Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills
Date of publication
8 May 2016
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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This Office for Life Sciences (OLS) report brings together international comparisons of a set of indicators on the competitiveness of the life science environment in the UK.


The areas covered include:

  • the UK industry
  • research and development
  • the regulatory environment
  • clinical research

The report includes a set of internationally comparable metrics of UK performance relative to competitor countries. The data shows the continued strength of the sector: in 2015 the UK received the highest level of life science foreign direct investment projects in Europe, second only to the US and increased on the previous year. It also highlights other areas of comparative strength: a strong academic science base and clinical research environment and high levels of health and life sciences industry productivity.

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