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Launch of Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland

June 5, 2019

4 June saw the unveiling of the UK’s newest life sciences asset, Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland (HIRANI) at a BIO reception in Philadelphia hosted by the UK Department for International Trade, Invest Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government, BIA, AstraZeneca and the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. It was followed by a formal launch event on 5 June at the Union League of Philadelphia.

HIRANI is a new collaboration between academic, local government, clinical and life sciences constituencies to deliver the health and wealth potential of Northern Ireland’s thriving life sciences ecosystem. It will act as a voice for health and life sciences, enabling the sector to collectively promote itself nationally and internationally. It will drive collaboration and connectivity across the sector and provide a single front door to external collaborators seeking to partner with the region.

Welcoming the news, ABPI Chief Executive Mike Thompson said:

“Northern Ireland has long punched well above its weight in terms of life sciences innovation, particularly in the fields of respiratory disease, heart disease and cancer. HIRANI will make it easier for its network of universities, industry, and health organisations to work together to achieve improved health and social care outcomes for Northern Ireland’s 1.8 million residents, as well as sustained economic growth for the region. We look forward to playing an active role in partnering with HIRANI as we have in Greater Manchester, where a similar model has delivered 41 new life sciences collaborations over just two years.”

ABHI Chief Executive Peter Ellingworth commented:

“We are delighted that HIRANI will provide the infrastructure to ensure that the life science community can work as a collective within Northern Ireland to then raise its profile internationally and play its leading role in global collaboration.”

BIA Chief Executive Steve Bates said:

“By bringing together health care providers, research bodies, companies and supply chains, HIRANI will be ideally placed to identify and champion the exciting opportunities within the Northern Ireland life sciences ecosystem. This is further proof of the thriving life sciences sector in Northern Ireland and shows the diverse strength of the UK life sciences sector as a whole, where our global strength is underpinned by a world class research base and where innovative companies are working at the forefront of pioneering treatments for patients, across the nations of the UK.”

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