Caring for our local community, our volunteers, patients and staff is at the heart of who we are and what we do.
For over 20 years, we have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to operating as a socially responsible business and we recognise the active role we can play in helping to support our local community.
In addition to our mission to develop new medicines, we donate a proportion of our annual profit to The North West Lung Centre Charity, which funds independent academic research and patient care within the NHS. To date, we have donated over £10 million to the charity.
The North West Lung Centre Charity directly supports lung research and patient care in the North West. For example, it has supported the world-leading innovative service developments in Lung Cancer screening and treatment which are having a major impact on patient outcomes. Recently, we provided £500,000 towards an MR Scanner for Heart and Lung research.
We are proud to have partnered in a major North West Lung Cancer initiative. In 2015, we invested £1.3 million to build a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy unit for the North West Lung Centre. This has trebled the number of patients being assessed for early detection of lung cancer across the North West, with a doubling of patients going on to successful lung cancer surgery.
Our research has proven the validity of a simple blood test (blood eosinophil counts) in daily clinical practice to determine which combination inhaler would be best for which patient. This has had a worldwide impact on patient care.