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Parkinson’s UK named BIA Charity of the Year for 2018


Parkinson’s UK will be the BioIndustry Association’s (BIA) official Charity of the Year for 2018.


The BIA will be working with Parkinson's UK to see how it can support the charity in influencing and funding international research, to advance our understanding of Parkinson's and improve treatments.

The partnership will be formally launched at a BIA Gala Dinner in January, with all of the proceeds from the event being donated to Parkinson's UK.

Steve Bates, CEO of BIA says:

"I am delighted to be partnering with Parkinson's UK in 2018. The charity has such a strong global reputation, having spent the last 5 decades funding groundbreaking research, raising awareness and providing support for people with Parkinson's.

"We look forward to supporting its work and to boosting links between the charity and BIA member companies, who have the skills needed to help find a cure for Parkinson's."

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK, says:

"This partnership is a brilliant opportunity to enhance the charity's innovative approach to research.

We look forward to BIA's input on projects, in particular our Virtual Biotech initiative, which works to push promising scientific discoveries through drug development stages more quickly, which will help find a cure for Parkinson’s faster.

"People with Parkinson’s have been waiting too long for better treatments and a cure. We are honoured to be named the BioIndustry Association’s Charity of the Year, as this privilege will not only raise valuable funds for medical research, but also increase the profile of this terrible condition that so many people know so little about."