Israel: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that advances in medicines by Israel are shared with the UK.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Work with Israel on medicines is led by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, which actively seeks opportunities to create United Kingdom-Israel partnerships in the medical field. An example of collaboration on medicines is BIRAX – a bilateral research fund active since 2015 with £10 million in mainly private funding for academic partnerships between the UK and Israel. The first three years focussed on regenerative medicine; the next stage is ageing with projects to be announced in the next few months.

More broadly, the Embassy is working on other initiatives to foster UK-Israeli collaboration on health. For example, the UK Israel Tech Hub helps to create tech and innovation partnerships across several sectors, including healthcare.

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