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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT

ALDERLEY PARK FEATURE |13

As the day unfolded I concluded respect for the pharmaceutical giant
among its former employees, many of whom are still at Alderley Park in
different capacities, some in new small businesses and working with
aspects of intellectual property from Astra Zeneca, is real in many ways
both spoken and unspoken.

Yet to succeed Alderley Park, as it is now, will have to let go of its emer-
gence from Astra Zeneca. I would have loved to grill someone about
how one transfers IT and communications security and the infra-
structure of a global multi-billion dollar corporation to the needs of small
contract research organisations, biotech start-ups, biologics etc...
Wisely, perhaps, Alderley did not field such an expert.

What I do know from professional journalistic experience is exactly how
tough and honourably competitive, and staffed with serious smarts, is
Alderley Park's global competition in the Science Park and Bio Incubator
stakes. There is no room in that world for deference to Big Pharma, nor
national narratives in which British (substitute country of choice) is
best. Underestimate the competition in this field and Alderley Park will
be annihilated. The campus - other than having proper respect for its
patent hall of fame - needs to cut links to Astra Zeneca. Good luck!

UN General Assembly sets 2018 deadline
for planners fighting antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

" No major new class of antibiotics has been discovered
since 1987 and too few antibacterial agents are in
development to meet the challenge of multidrug resistance."
WHO (2015) Global Action Plan1, p4.

AT A HIGH-LEVEL UN meeting on 21st September2 this year the UN
General Assembly took up the challenge of fighting anti-
microbial resistance (AMR). The World Health Organisation
(WHO), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World
Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) were set the task of co-ordinating
plans and actions. They must report back to the UNGA in September
2018, and involve development banks such the World Bank.

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Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.

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