New in­dus­try re­port sug­gests UK clin­i­cal tri­al re­search re­cruit­ment is in mas­sive de­cline

A new re­port is warn­ing of a “clear and se­ri­ous” and “ex­is­ten­tial” threat to the fu­ture of biotech re­search in the UK.

In the five-year span from 2017 to 2021, the num­ber of pa­tients re­cruit­ed for UK clin­i­cal tri­als has fall­en dra­mat­i­cal­ly, per a re­port from the trade as­so­ci­a­tion ABPI on Thurs­day. The fall, rep­re­sent­ing a drop from more than 50,000 pa­tients five years ago to about 28,200 last year, marks a 44% de­cline in that pe­ri­od.

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