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Virtual Northern Powerhouse Life Sciences and Healthcare Mission - USA
15/03/2021 - 19/03/2021


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The Department for International Trade invites businesses from across the Northern Powerhouse, who are established and experienced exporters in the Life Sciences sector to join a virtual mission to Boston, Massachusetts and Washington DC. The programme provides a unique opportunity to benefit from a bespoke one-to-one package of support to explore the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sector to develop your international strategy for the USA.

Why Attend?     
The Department for International Trade sector specialists in Boston and at the British Embassy in Washington DC will help you with dedicated bespoke 1:1 assistance to develop your international strategy for the USA. As part of the delegation you will also  be provided with contacts within the US Federal Government’s various agencies, state leadership and local industry.

Why Boston? 
Massachusetts as a state is committed to growing the life sciences industry through workforce development programs and funding for drug research & development. Supporting biopharma is also the goal of the region’s incubators and accelerators. The region consistently ranks in the top tier of USA life sciences clusters. All major global pharmaceutical companies have outposts in the regions, ranging from Novartis to GSK. In the Greater Boston area alone, there are more than 730 companies within the life sciences industry. 

Why Washington?  
Washington DC is known as BioCapital with its biopharma leaders committed to growing their BioHealth Capital Region cluster into one of the top three in the USA by 2023.

The US Capital region (DC, Maryland and Virginia) is home to the US Federal Government and industry that supports the largest employer in the US and a thriving BioHealth and Life Science Industry. The region is home to the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology and industry leaders like GSK, AstraZeneca and Inova. There are over 800 Biotech companies, 2,500 Life Science firms, 70 federal labs and the Capital Health region has numerous elite academic, medical and research institutions.

Boston 15 – 16 March 2021
Washington DC  17 – 19 March 2021

One to one's with DIT USA will take place throughout February and March 2021.

The registration fee (including VAT) is £99 per delegate and this is payable when your place on the mission is confirmed.

Please Note: Places are limited, therefore all expressions of interest (EOIs) will be assessed on suitability and eligibility prior to your place being confirmed.  

All companies will be given an opportunity to discuss their plans with their local DIT international trade adviser and be assisted accordingly.

There are 12 delegate places for 12 Northern Powerhouse based companies to participate. We will review all EOIs received, and the successful delegates will be contacted in early February 2021 to confirm next steps.

This is a mission that offers excellent value for money and could develop some great opportunities for your business.

Eligibility and Suitability Criteria 
To be eligible, your business must be based in the Northern Powerhouse region (North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humber) 
with a minimum company turnover of, ideally, £250K+ or the business be sufficiently capitalised to be able to implement a comprehensive export strategy to develop the market in the USA.

To be suitable for the trade mission, companies should be actively selling products or services in the Life Sciences Bio Pharma sector and have current experience of doing business in the USA, including compliance with – or intention to secure – local regulations, FDA etc.

Your expression of interest must clearly state the current strategic plans you have for doing more business in the USA and provide reasons why should be considered to be one of the 12 companies invited to join the delegation and benefit from the package, including 1:1 support.

Final Date for Expressions of Interest:
31st January 2021

For Further Information:
E:    northeast@mobile.trade.gov.uk  
T:    +44 (0)345 136 0169



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