Scotland hosts one of the largest life science clusters in Europe with significant international presence in research, development and manufacturing. With a long and remarkable history of medical and scientific discovery stretching back 200 years, Scotland has always been at the forefront of medical innovation.
Over the years, pioneering work has taken place in Scotland's universities and research institutes, in areas such as:
- The development of MRI and CAT scanners
- The discovery of p53 cancer suppressor gene
- World-recognised research in diabetes and cancer
- ReNeuron's groundbreaking stem cell trial for stroke patients
- The cloning of ‘Dolly’ the sheep
Scotland maintains this rich heritage with high levels of expertise, a culture of innovation, and continuing research and technology excellence which together have resulted in a thriving, growing industry on the brink of new discoveries.
World-class research is carried out across several specific fields of life sciences, including:
Edinburgh BioQuarter is a keystone investment at the heart of Scotland’s national life science strategy.
It's a unique facility that brings together public healthcare, academic research and extensive commercial lab space in one location to accelerate translational medicine and facilitate large scale life science and biotech collaborations.
From licensing opportunities and joint ventures to research partnerships and start-up incubators, discover how Edinburgh BioQuarter can help your business.
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