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Opportunities for UK Advanced Therapies sector through Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

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01 Nov 2017, 00:00
Fund of up to £146m in total: £30m competition for Advanced Therapies Treatment Centres

Last week saw the opening of the latest competition under the Leading Edge Healthcare Challenge of the ISCF. KTN ran the Innovate UK briefing event in York for the £30m competition for Advanced Therapies Treatment Centres. The scope for this is to establish a network of three centres to:

  • increase patient access to advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) on a national level
  • establish best practice for the safe and effective delivery of ATMPs to patients
  • establish best practice for the manufacturing and final preparation of ATMPs using Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) within a clinical setting
  • establish robust connected supply chains for the manufacture and delivery of ATMPs
  • create systems to allow traceability and tracking of ATMPs. These must be compatible with current regulations and be suitable for applying across the NHS
  • establish best practice for patient follow up and data capture

If you are a company in the advanced therapies therapeutics and supply chain looking to connect into one of the consortia being formed please contact Sarah Goulding at KTN or CGTC (the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult) to discuss how we can facilitate. Deadline to submit a bid is November 1st 2017.


This competition is in addition to the current Innovate UK competitions open where the scope includes Advanced Therapies:


1) BioMedical Catalyst early stage funding (£10m available) and feasibility studies (£2m) –  closes 11th October

The aim of this competition is to support the development of technologies and processes including:

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

2) Medicines Manufacturing round 1 challenge fund £15m – closes 1st November

This competition aims to stimulate the development and implementation of innovative methods/technologies to improve the manufacture of novel medicines for human use. Proposals must offer innovative approaches to medicines manufacturing challenges. These can include, but are not limited to, approaches that deliver:

  • improved commercially viable manufacturing processes
  • methods for the reliable and robust scale-up of production of novel medicines
  • increased yield of active ingredient
  • lower cost of production and goods

3) Innovation in Health and Life Sciences Round 3 – £15m competition, closes 6th December


This competition’s broad scope includes Advanced therapies:

  • increasing the UK’s commercial capacity to manufacture viral vectors for use in the development of cell and gene therapies to treat human disease and disorders
  • processing or manufacturing technologies for advanced therapies products including those suitable for near-patient application
  • technology or processes that lower production costs
  • tools and techniques for quality control to enable real-time product release


More widely for life sciences, competitions for a vaccines manufacturing and development centre (£66m) and a medicines manufacturing innovation centre (£13m) also align with the ISCF Leading Healthcare Challenge investments.

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