Haseeb Ahmad, Managing Director, UK, Ireland & Nordics Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Country President Novartis UK, has been confirmed as the new President of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).
Commenting on his appointment, Haseeb Ahamad, said: “We are in a golden era of medicines discovery, where innovative science is converging with a data and digital revolution. These forces are coming together to treat and potentially cure diseases on a scale the likes of which we’ve not seen before.
“The pharmaceutical industry, Government and the NHS must work together to ensure that patients can access innovative therapies and that we deliver the kind of healthcare that all of us in the UK deserve.”
Haseeb will take over the role vacated by Erik Nordkamp and will lead on overseeing both the ABPI, the ABPI Board and the ABPI’s Code of Practice, which is administered by the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA).
The focus for his Presidency will be to take advantage of the opportunities presented by science, technology and data to help get new medicines to patients faster. To do this, his priorities are to promote innovation and collaboration with the NHS and government, which will not only improve outcomes for patients but also boost the UK economy.
ABPI has also announced that Hugo Fry, Sanofi’s UK Managing Director, has been appointed as Vice-President.
Fry said: “The UK is currently a hotbed for medical innovation, with discoveries that have a huge impact for people and patients all across the world.
“In the current Brexit environment it is more important than ever to collaborate across government, businesses and academia to ensure that the UK can maintain its position as a leader in world-class research and development."
The two appointments were confirmed by the ABPI Board on 2 May and will take effect immediately.
Welcoming the appointments, Mike Thompson, Chief Executive of the ABPI, said: “I am delighted to welcome both Haseeb and Hugo to their new respective new roles.
“They bring a wealth of experience to the ABPI, which will be invaluable as we look to make the most of the challenges and opportunities facing our sector.”