New online platform will showcase Scotland’s life sciences sector to the world

The button has been pressed on an online platform that will showcase Scotland’s life sciences sector to the world.

Scientists at work at LifeArc, formerly Medical Research Council Technology, at BioQuarter Edinburgh, pictured in 2018. Picture: Scottish Enterprise/Colin Hattersley

Scottish Enterprise has partnered with the UK Healthcare Pavilion, an industry portal that allows overseas customers to connect with innovative healthcare and life sciences firms and organisations based in Scotland and the wider UK.

The platform will provide a searchable directory of businesses that will enable buyers and healthcare providers to identify and engage with industry and health organisations.

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The forum will also provide news, insights and interviews from a variety of “key opinion leaders and policy makers”.

Suzanne Sosna, interim director of global trade at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scotland’s healthcare and life science sectors are highly regarded around the world due to our skilled workforce, the innovative companies located here and the collaborative environment created between the private sector and our public institutions.

“The pavilion will support our wider efforts to raise international awareness of the ground-breaking sectoral research taking place and showcase the innovative global healthcare solutions and technologies being developed in Scotland.

“With so many businesses and consumers pivoting to e-commerce due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, this online resource will also significantly enhance the digital footprint of our healthcare and life science sectors.”

Scotland is recognised as one of the top life science clusters in Europe, providing some 41,000 jobs across more than 750 diverse organisations. The sector is on course to achieve an economic contribution of £8 billion by 2025.

Within the platform, there is a specific Scottish pavilion that highlights some of the excellence the country has to offer in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

Paul Benton, managing director, international, at the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) said: “We are delighted to have worked with software developer Virti and other stakeholders to bring the UK Healthcare Pavilion to life.

“We know how special the UK’s healthcare and life sciences sector is, but there has never been a single front door that showcases its true breadth and capabilities. Throughout the pandemic, organisations have also told us how they are struggling to connect with global audiences due to the closure of physical borders.”

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