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Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community

Supporting manufacturers of medicines in order to grow the UK economy

The core goal of the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community is to accelerate the outcomes from the medicines manufacturing  ISCF Challenge which has seen £146m invested in different projects, including the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre and Advanced Therapy Treatment Centres. We aim to connect and grow the sector, facilitating collaboration across industry, realising this ambition through working with established groups and networking, as well as running workshops, generating white papers and case studies with a defined identity visible online.

View our round-up of recent initiatives in the medicines manufacturing sector, including events & funding.


The Knowledge Transfer Network is a partner in the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP), alongside The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the BioIndustry Association (BIA). MMIP represents the voice of medicines manufacturers in the UK. It was established jointly by the Government and the biopharmaceutical industry in 2014 to ensure that the UK is recognised by the global medicines industry as a world-class advanced centre for medicines manufacturing.

The UK’s medicine industry is one of the country’s leading manufacturing sectors, with exports worth over £20bn. The Partnership wants to ensure that the UK continues to be an attractive place for this high-value industry to secure exports, provide high skilled job opportunities and contribute to solving the country’s productivity puzzle.

MMIP has several aims, which includes increasing the relative global proportion of medicines manufacturing investment in the UK and acting as a strong coordinated voice for the medicines manufacturing sector. It also aims to identify measures to improve the global competitiveness of UK medicines manufacturing and promote the benefits of the UK as a location of choice for medicines manufacturing.


Find out more about MMIP in our video:

MMIP has several workstreams: watch videos about key stakeholders and the role each one has in MMIP here:

Community Building

Technology and Innovation

Skills and People

Advanced Therapies Manufacturing


Take a look at our Medicines Manufacturing Landscape Map, a tool created by KTN which aims to provide a visual dynamic representation of the UK Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Landscape.


Latest News:

Analytical Solutions and Challenges for Medicines Manufacturing Towards Industry 4.0 – Report

Funding to Support Secondments with Applications in the Biomedical Sciences

Helping MicrofluidX get to the Future Faster

£30 million Biomedical Catalyst to launch following successful BIA campaign

The Medicine Maker Publication: “Finding New Talent” by Netty England (Bioprocessing Consultant at the BioIndustry Association) and Kit Erlebach (Strategic and Transformational Venture Manager at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies) – p.34

AstraZeneca receives $1.2bn to scale-up and deliver Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine

Distributed production of RNA vaccines for agile response to outbreaks | Robin Shattock

Oxford Biomedica Signs Clinical & Commercial Supply Agreement with AstraZeneca, for manufacture of COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Formulation Challenges for Delivery of RNA Therapies

BIA Vaccines Manufacturing Taskforce FAQs & Key Messages

New Date Announced for Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community Event

Andy Evans, Chair of Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership explains his role & workstreams in MMIP skills group

KTN’s Dr. Sarah Goulding to be awarded the Richard Wilson Impact Award at the bioProcessUK Conference

Global Business Innovation Programme – China – Precision Medicine

How Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can benefit the Medicines Manufacturing Sector: watch the recording

Construction completed on expansion phase, doubling capacity of Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult large scale manufacturing centre in Stevenage

KTN to Host Applicant Briefing Webinar on Mechanising and Improving Advanced Therapy Manufacture Competition:

– please click here to view the presentations from this webinar. You can watch the recording here.

Measurement science in the UK faces uncertainty: can CAMS lead the scientific rebellion?

Connecting the dots: bringing industry, government and policy together will supercharge the UK’s analytical sector

Driving Innovation in Medicines Manufacturing – current public sector initiatives to support the sector

Data-Driven Decision Making for Bioprocessing

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships for the Medicines Manufacturing Sector Information Webinar

MMIP Conference 2019

Innovation in Medicines Manufacturing Through Collaboration Event Write-up

Going Viral: Adeno-Associated Viral Therapeutics

Launch of New Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Scotland

Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership Conference 2018 Write-up

Medicines Manufacturing can be high growth sector for UK economy


KTN’s Health team members in this area can help you or your business with funding, expertise and connecting with innovators from other sectors.

Sarah Goulding  – Specialist, Medicines and Advanced Therapies

Marcel Kuiper  – Knowledge Transfer Manager – Health

Karen Wilkinson – Knowledge Transfer Manager – Health


You can also get news from the sector via our LinkedIn groups:


KTN Health

KTN Bioscience and Biotechnology

KTN Synthetic Biology


Twitter: @KTNUK_Health

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