Medical technologies and diagnostics

With its wealth of data, ideal environment for testing, and well-established digital health cluster, Scotland is the location of choice for innovative medtech solutions.

Did you know?

Scotland is home to one of the largest life sciences clusters in Europe. It employs over 41,000 people in roughly 770 organisations across all subsectors, including therapeutic devices, imaging and diagnostics, surgical and clinical equipment and personal care.

Established location

Medtech manufacturing is well-established in Scotland, attracting multinationals and startups alike.

A highly skilled workforce

Scotland has the highest proportion of tertiary educated graduates compared to European Union countries.

World-class research

Scotland ranks among the top three for research productivity and impact.

Medical technology for the future

Help us change the world

Scotland has a rich history of medical innovation and a reputation as a premier manufacturing location. It’s this unique combination that has seen it become a world leader in the development of technology-led health solutions.

On top this, Scotland has a comprehensive supply chain, innovation centres with a reputation for excellence and a robust e-health records system that provides an invaluable data resource for research and development. You can even help NHS Scotland save money and, more importantly, improve quality-of-life by tackling real-world health challenges.

These are just a few of the reasons that many global medtech leaders, such as Canon Medical Research Europe, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Nikon, ThermoFisher and LumiraDx, have already chosen Scotland as the place to grow.

What Scotland can offer your medtech company

Join a community with innovation at its heart

Scotland is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the development and deployment of telehealth and telecare. In fact, over 80,000 patients already participate in government-funded telecare and telehealth projects, thanks to the Scottish Government’s commitment to digital healthcare. This creates a wealth of funded opportunities for businesses to collaborate with Scotland's national health service and develop novel technologies that benefit all.

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Access the skills and talent you need

Scotland’s 2.8 million-strong workforce is internationally recognised as one of the best trained, most reliable and cost-competitive labour forces in the world. With 19 universities, 12 further education institutions and a high ratio of graduates per capita, Scotland surpasses most countries of comparable size in Europe.

By locating in Scotland, you will join a vibrant community that links academia and industry with cutting-edge technology. With six of Scotland’s eight innovation centres directly supporting the sector, you’ll have access to an established ecosystem. Scotland’s innovation centres can provide support, expertise and dedicated facilities across a range of research themes such as stratified medicine, digital health, sensors, biotech and data.

Help to access Scotland’s talent

Benefit from ongoing support

When you locate in Scotland, you’ll become part of a diverse and supportive community. With a range of companies already developing products and services to grow the medtech industry, Scotland can provide all aspects of a fully comprehensive supply chain for your product development, manufacturing, supply and distribution.

You’ll find a solid ecosystem of incubators, accelerators and science parks across the country, many of which are conveniently located near to major hospitals and integrated with our universities. For medtech companies, this is an inspiring environment to spark ideas and find like-minded talent.

How we can help

"You have friendly, well-educated, hard-working people, a beautiful environment and a local investor base that has a long history of backing risk...what more could you want?"

Douglas Anderson, Founder, Optos 

Spotlight on EnMovi

Medtech firm EnMovi (the latest venture from US-based parent company OrthoSensor Inc.) has chosen Glasgow to advance its development of cutting-edge orthopaedic sensors and data analytics. The company has received £2.5 million R&D support from Scottish Enterprise and will use a new £8 million R&D base at University of Strathclyde to work on its products.

EnMovi will benefit greatly through co-location with similar businesses. It will also benefit from close collaboration with the university's academics, world-leading research and highly-skilled talent it produces in health tech.

Early 2021, in recognition of the exciting innovative work being undertaken by OrthoSensor and EnMovi, both companies were acquired by, Stryker Inc, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.

EnMovi Research and Development Centre at Inovo, Glasgow

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If you have a question about medtech and diagnostics opportunities in Scotland, our team of advisers can help.