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European Biopharmaceutical Review

The Progress of Clinical Trials

In the search to understand, prevent and treat disease, clinical trials involving healthy volunteers and patients play an essential role. How and why such trials are conducted needs to be understood by the public - as well as by key decision-makers - so that clinical research in the UK receives the focus and attention necessary for it to be successful. Nearly a quarter of the world's top 100 medicines were developed in the UK, making it a leading centre for clinical trials. But clinical studies are increasingly conducted around the world so that greater numbers of patients and different ethnicities can be included in a study.

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By Professor Trevor Jones, Director General at ABPI

Professor Trevor Jones is Director General of The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, directing all activities relating to the UK pharmaceutical industry, including government relations, on behalf of 80 national and international pharmaceutical companies. From 1987 to 1994, Professor Jones was a main Board Director of Wellcome plc, the UK-based pharmaceuticals company, where he was responsible for R&D, including the development of Zovirax, AZT, Malarone, Lamictal and Tracrium. He was awarded the CBE in the 2003 New Year's Honours List.

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