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I am Science

Today, millions of patients will benefit from innovative medicines and vaccines which can improve, transform and in some cases even save lives. But the outlook for tomorrow is even brighter.

I am Science is a campaign to celebrate our scientists’ achievements and inspire future generations of science and business leaders; leaders who through their knowledge, experience and dedication have the power to change the future.1,2

From discovering penicillin to mapping the genome, pharmaceutical innovation has changed our lives.  

Diseases like HIV are now considered a long-term condition and we have vaccines to prevent conditions that threatened our children’s futures just a generation ago. , 

But the quest for new medicines is a painstaking and lengthy one. 

Conditions like dementia and diabetes are becoming increasingly important in countries with ageing populations.3,4  These are just two examples of the many difficult and complex health challenges of the future.

As our knowledge grows, medicines are becoming more sophisticated and the search for new treatments gets even harder. Milestones are now often reached through many small steps, instead of in leaps and bounds.

But the benefits of pharmaceutical innovation are undeniable. In the 1970s, only a quarter of people survived cancer. Today more than half of people diagnosed with cancer will survive their disease for at least 10 years,5 and through innovation the picture is only getting better. 

Millions of people live healthier lives as a result of our scientists’ work and their collaboration with universities and charities.6 Great science means sharing knowledge and resources to work faster and achieve more. We are pioneering new ways of working together to bring new hope for the future.

But it also means that innovation must be valued. 

To keep the wheel of innovation turning, we need the best and brightest brains. And so we need to create the right environment to inspire, and support the work of, future generations of scientists. 

That’s why Pfizer has launched I am Science, a campaign to celebrate today’s scientific achievements and inspire the next. See I am Science in action.

References

  1. NHS Choices (2014). Living with HIV. [Online]. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/HIV/Pages/living-with.aspx [Accessed December 2015]. 
  2. World Health Organisation. Vaccination greatly reduces disease, disability, death and inequity worldwide. [Online]. Available at: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/ [Accessed December 2015]. 
  3. NHS Choices. About Dementia. [Online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/about-dementia.aspx [Accessed January 2015]
  4. Diabetes UK. Diabetes and the elderly. [Online] Available at: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-and-the-elderly.html [Accessed January 2015]
  5. Cancer Research UK, (2014). Half of all cancer patients now survive at least 10 years. [online] Available at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2014-... [Accessed December 2015].
  6. “Around 9 million patients in the UK take a Pfizer medicine every year”, Pfizer in the UK, (2015). Working together for our nation’s health. [online] Available at http://www.pfizer.co.uk/sites/g/files/g10027956/f/201510/Pfizer%20UK%20F... [Accessed December 2015].