Life Sciences

Life Sciences
Roslin Innovation Centre Easter Bush.

What is life sciences and how big is the industry in Scotland?

The life sciences industry in Scotland is a broad church, covering a very wide range of disciplines. It is a complex matter to categorise all the different businesses, which employ more than 25,000 people in Scotland [the oft-quoted 37,000 jobs includes those working in areas like Higher Education, innovation centres and enterprise agencies who focus on life sciences.]

Scotland is rich with great scientists, clinicians and researchers

Is it time for more ambition in growth?

Life sciences businesses in Scotland should throw off the shackles of the early exit strategy fixation and look at how they can expand and grow globally through mergers and acquisitions.
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The Highlands & Islands region has a strong profile of life sciences and technology businesses

Highlands companies offered free Dragon's Den courses to boost their business prospects

What are the latest opportunities for life sciences businesses in the Highlands to find the support they need to grow? David Lee speaks to Dr Andrea McColl, Senior Development Manager – Life Sciences – for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), about the Pathfinder Accelerator programme, which nurtures growth in life sciences and technology businesses.
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Scotland's pharmaceutical sector annually exports �462m worth of products and supports �2.5bn worth of industrial output. Picture: Gligatron

Pharmaceutical sector exports reach £462m

The pharmaceutical industry in Scotland is “booming”, with manufacturing exports worth £462 million each year, according to research published today by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde.

The firm is said to be attracting significant investor interest. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Scots biotech firm EnteroBiotix gains key licence

An Aberdeen-based biopharmaceutical venture is thought to have become the first company in the world to gain a licence from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to produce faecal microbiota for therapeutic applications.

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