Health and life sciences industries

With more than 770 life sciences organisations employing more than 41,000 people, Scotland is one of the largest life sciences clusters in Europe. From global pharma services companies to medical technology startups, we’ve got the networks, support and skills you need to succeed.

Did you know?

Scotland's Imaging Centre of Excellence is home to the 7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner, an ultra-high resolution scanner – the first of its kind within a UK clinical site, underpinned by world-leading clinical expertise in stroke, cardiovascular disease and brain imaging.

7% growth each year

Scotland's life sciences industry is on track to reach a turnover of £8bn by 2025.

£56 million innovation centre

Scotland is home to the world-first industry-led Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

£50 million venture capital fund

Led by Epidarex Capital for early stage, high growth, life science and health technology companies.

Scotland's expanding life sciences cluster

From drug discovery and diagnostics to precision medicine and healthcare

Scotland’s exciting life sciences sector contributes £2.4 billion gross value added to the Scottish economy and has seen 7% growth each year since 2010.

A strong collaboration across industry, the NHS (Scotland’s unified healthcare provider), universities and government makes Scotland a truly unique place for your life sciences business to grow.

We have a strong track record of successful, efficient and safe clinical trials and have several innovation centres and centres of excellence to support businesses.

Exciting developments happening right now across Scotland, include the new £56 million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, the £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland in Renfrewshire and a new Precision Medicine Living Lab in Glasgow. Plus a £40 million BioHub in Aberdeen and a £25 million investment to grow the Tayside Biomedical Cluster.

Opportunities for your business

Touch Bionics iLimb

Digital health and care

Scotland is leading the way in digital health. We have extensive digital health records, a strong company base with expertise in informatics and the drive and determination to rise to the challenges of a rapidly changing global health climate. 

(L-R) Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee and EnMovi CEO Roman Bensen

Medical technologies

Tap into our talented workforce with expertise in everything from non-imaging diagnostics and surgical instruments to ophthalmic surgery and cardiovascular therapies.  

Assisted Living Lab and smart technology in action - Photo credit Heriot-Watt University

Precision medicine

The Living Laboratory at the University of Glasgow’s Precision Medicine Living Lab has secured around £90 million funding investment and will set out to bring new science and innovation to a real-world clinical setting. 

The future of health

Tapping into technology to take healthcare to the next level

Scotland has been at the forefront of medical innovations for over 200 years, so it makes sense that we’re continuing to lead the way with the development of technology-driven healthcare solutions.

Scotland’s ability to develop new solutions for healthcare based around informatics, big data and patient stratification is almost unrivalled. An outstanding level of academic and industry collaboration has created a truly open innovation environment.

It is also the natural choice for innovative digital health and care projects looking for integrated technology solutions. It has connected technology infrastructure, one of the largest ICT and technology communities in Europe, and an innate determination to provide healthcare solutions that benefit everyone.

"Next-generation point-of-care testing technology can help to transform healthcare systems. It’s an exciting undertaking, and we know to do this quickly and to do it well we need the right infrastructure in place and access to incredible talent to drive this development. Scotland has both."

Ron Zwanziger, Chief Executive of LumiraDx

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If you have a question about life sciences and health technology opportunities in Scotland, our team of advisers can help.