The Future UK Life Sciences Manufacturing Landscape

This report follows on from a study into the future of High Value Manufacturing (HVM) in the UK commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board and published in February 2012. One of the HVM study recommendations was that particular manufacturing sectors should be explored  in greater depth. This report presents the findings from studies of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors. Workshops were held for each sector attended by representatives from industry, government bodies and the research community. The aims were to:


  • identify the needs and capability gaps to achieving innovation in manufacturing in each sector through to 2025
  • determine priority actions to meet these needs and build capability to enable innovation in manufacturing in each sector over this time scale
  • better define the HVM landscape with additional data from the Life Sciences sector.

Strategic roadmapping techniques were used to help participants explore each sector’s key trends and drivers; the novel products, processes and services which could be developed in the future; any technologies and capabilities required to support these opportunities; and the enabling factors that would help the sector respond successfully. The list of potential new products, processes and services was prioritised to identify key areas where it was thought the most valuable opportunities for innovation exist. A ‘case for action’ was developed to justify further work in each area, outlining the potential benefits, critical gaps and steps required.  


This report covers the pharmaceutical sector within Life Sciences, with separate attention given to the specific manufacturing requirements for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors.