Brussels campaign aims to attract UK medtech post-Brexit
Brussels campaign aims to attract UK medtech post-Brexit

The Brussels Capital region will host an event on 19 March targeting pharma and life sciences businesses that are looking for a European base of operations after Brexit.

Held at the Belgian Embassy in London, the event will give attendees a look into the Belgian capital and the benefits of being based in both London and Brussels. Visitors will also be given an opportunity to meet industry trade bodies.

The event is likely to attract attention given the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Cécile Jodogne, secretary of state for Foreign Trade at the Region of Brussels, said: “With increasing uncertainty on what the final relationship will look like, we have extended our programme of events with an additional one on 19 March 2019 focusing entirely on those British and international pharmaceutical and life sciences businesses looking for certainty. The only way to guarantee this is to establish a base of operations within the EU and, as the Brexit deadline bears down upon us, there are multiple reasons why businesses should act now to guarantee this presence in the EU.”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) was one of the first UK-based regulators to leave the UK resulting in the loss of 900 jobs. Regulators wishing to evaluate medicines in the EU must be based in a member state, hence the EMA’s relocation to Amsterdam.  

“Every year over 500 clinical trial applications are submitted by the biopharmaceutical industry in Belgium (12% of the European total). Applications are being processed and approved quickly before over 170,000 patients participate in phase 2 and 3 trials. This is especially important as getting recognition for your medicine or medical technology by one European agency, means it’s recognised across Europe,” Jodogne added.