Scotland is one of the world's leading centres for bioinformatics with a strong focus in areas such as the structure and function of biomolecules, genetics of complex diseases, pathway biology, functional genomics and high-throughput technologies. Scotland's expertise and technology is being used to find answers and solutions in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular, development, and infectious diseases research.
Bioinformatics in Scotland
There’s considerable depth and diversity to bioinformatics in Scotland. Collaborators can take advantage of the wide range of academic and commercial expertise here, as well as a number of world-class facilities throughout the country where pioneering bioinformatics research is being carried out.
We provide comprehensive help to bioinformatics companies looking to set up a successful base in Scotland supported by:
- Globally recognised research and technology
- Links between industry and academia
- More bioinformatics-specific degree courses than any other comparable location
In Feb 2011 Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems (TMVS) announced the launch of a major new R&D programme in healthcare imaging informatics at its Edinburgh facility.
The project is being supported by a £3 million R&D grant from Scottish Enterprise and will allow the company to grow its R&D capability in Scotland.
The Edinburgh facility will become responsible for building and developing everything needed for world class clinical applications, image analysis algorithms and clinical development frameworks to increase productivity.
“Toshiba could not be more pleased with its decision to establish a key global R&D centre based in Scotland. Our access to top talent, universities and research collaborators, coupled with the terrific support and vision of the Scottish government has been outstanding.”
- Fredric J Friedberg, President, TMVS
What is bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics is becoming more and more important in modern medicine.
Managing and finding smarter ways to process the vast amounts of data that medical research and development (R&D) generates is becoming increasingly significant as our understanding of biological processes and materials deepens.