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UK Pharma Industry

Find out more about the UK’s Pharma industry and the companies providing new technologies and services to the pharmaceutical sector. Get an accurate view of the Pharma industry through innovative financial, company, funding, and growth data today.

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What is Pharma?

Pharma is a term used to describe the wider pharmaceutical industry of companies and organisations dedicated to the development, testing, production, distribution and marketing of medicines or pharmaceutical drugs.

Pharma can be used to both describe a single pharmaceutical company as well as a larger group of companies and the industry as a whole. Big Pharma is a term often used in the media to describe a small number of large multinational corporations – such as AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – who are collectively responsible for some of the most popular pharmaceutical products across the globe.

UK Pharma is a growing sector made up of a series of companies providing new technologies and services, including those specialising in advanced manufacturing, AI, automation, data analytics and BioPharma.

Pharma sector summary

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Here are the key facts about the Pharma sector. The sector has a turnover of £169.7bn currently, has received £20.2bn of investment and the sector is growing at 20.0% per year.


Pharma verticals

Our industry data goes deep. See the top verticals and specialisms making waves in the UK Pharma industry today.

Our Pharma RTIC is made up of 7 individual verticals. The top verticals in this sector include Pharma and BioPharma, and Research and Data Analytics. You can find out more about the verticals by downloading our RTIC report, or by signing up for a free trial of The Data City platform.

  • Sector Code Description Records
  • RTIC0062 Pharma 2366 companies

    Companies providing new technologies and services to the pharmaceutical industry, largely in the develompent, testing, production, distribution, and marketing of medicines.

    • Pharma: Additive Manufacturing

      Companies using advanced manufacturing techniques (i.e., 3D printing) for the development of pharmaceutical products

      152 companies
    • Pharma: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

      Companies applying AI technology for the advancement of pharma research, products and/or services

      358 companies
    • Pharma: Automation

      Companies developing the technology and infrastructure for the automation of pharmaceutical processes and laboratories.

      278 companies
    • Pharma: Pharma and BioPharma

      Companies dedicated to the production of pharmaceutical products and biotechnology research

      1305 companies
    • Pharma: Precision Medicine

      Companies providing products and/or services that enable or enhance precision medicine techniques

      166 companies
    • Pharma: Research and Data Analytics

      Companies developing technologies for the facilitation of research and data analysis for pharmaceuticals and research centres

      647 companies
    • Pharma: Targeted Therapies

      Pharmaceutical companies dedicated to the advancement and supply of targeted therapeutics

      335 companies

Pharma industry growth

Based on a growth rate of 20.0%, we expect that this sector could be worth £193.8bn by 2024. Below you can see our forecast of the growth of the sector.

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