"For many lower value added manufacturing processes decisions are made every day to move manufacturing to India as an alternative
to producing in Europe or Australia," AstraZeneca's managing director Mark Fladrich said. "The opportunity for AstraZeneca
here is that technology that is used to support our medicines is complicated," he continued.
Dr. Brendan Shaw, Chief Executive, Medicines Australia
Furthermore, the notion of a disconnect between the country's research capabilities and big pharma's research investments,
oft-heard when Focus Reports first visited Australia in 2008, is quickly turning obsolete. While big pharma mainly tended
to focus on leveraging Australia's clinical research capabilities in the past, today the world's innovative companies are
roaming Australia's research institutes and its Melbourne-based biotech industry to find ammunition for their pipelines. In
2012, the combined worth of Australia's publicly listed biomedical companies was actually higher on a per capita basis than
is the case for such companies in the US, according to Mark Metherell, health correspondent of the Sydney Morning Herald.
AstraZeneca manufacturing plant in North Ryde, Australia
"The pharmaceutical industry is high-skilled, high-wage, high-tech, export- and innovation- oriented, low carbon footprint
industry," said Dr. Brendan Shaw, Chief Executive of Medicines Australia, the association representing the discovery-driven
pharmaceutical industry in Australia. "On top of that Australia has a fantastic base of medical research, public infrastructure,
hospitals, universities that national and international companies can plug into."