We are pleased to announce that ABPI Cymru Wales are sponsoring our Building Wales award category at this year’s Womenspire Awards!
We spoke to Operations Manager, Joanne Ferris about the organisation and what it means to them to be part of Womenspire18!

Q1. Tell us about your organisation.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome diseases.

Q2. Why are you supporting the awards?

Supporting the Chwarae Teg “Womenspire” awards is one of the important partnerships and collaborations we will be engaging in during 2018, the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The ABPI, the ABPI Code of Practice and the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA) are recognising our own 70th, 60th and 25th birthdays respectively and we are highlighting the work we do in partnership with many others, specifically the NHS, to research, develop and deliver life-changing medicines for patients.

As the trade association for the research-based pharmaceutical industry in the UK, we work at the heart of policy development and decision-making to ensure that patients benefit from the latest and most advanced medicines. Medicines developed by the pharmaceutical industry improve the lives of millions of patients, with scientists currently researching and developing over 7,000 innovative medicines globally.

Our member companies are distributed throughout the nations of the UK. Pharmaceutical companies make up the largest segment within UK Life Sciences, which is itself the largest economic contributor to the UK economy (exceeding the second ranking sector, motor vehicles and parts by 22%. Each Life Sciences job supports 2.5 jobs elsewhere in the UK economy, meaning the sector supports a total of 482,000 jobs.

Q3. Why does gender equality matter to you?

It is important to the ABPI that the pharmaceutical industry can recruit the very best people for these roles, regardless of gender.

Many roles in the pharmaceutical industry require science or engineering qualifications, but companies also recruit people without a science background into roles in sales and marketing, IT, human resources, training, finance and many administrative areas. The actual path that individuals have taken to get into their current role, and how they see their future career developing, is highlighted in over 80 case studies on our careers website. These include undergraduates doing a work placement, people who joined a company straight from school and have studied part-time once employed, and others who have had several role changes in their career to date.

Q4. Why do you support the work of Chwarae Teg?

We recognise that Chwarae Teg has been working to help ensure that women in Wales can enter the workplace, develop their skills and build rewarding careers, since its establishment in 1992. Your work with the government, academics and industry to influence the development of policies has been influential in opening up new and exciting careers for women across Wales.

ABPI is delighted to be able to support this work and your ongoing journey.

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