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David MacCallum, International Senior Manager at SDI, explains how companies with ambitions in industrial biotechnology can benefit from a wide range of support in Scotland.

David MacCallum
David MacCallum Life and Chemical Sciences Senior Manager SDI

A key role at Scottish Development International (SDI) is to work with companies who want to invest in Scotland. For companies looking to expand in Europe, or into Europe, we're the entry point to co-ordinate a broad range of services, networks and support.

We work through collaboration to help provide risk reduction for new projects. It's a beginning-to-end service to help companies identify property, staff, training, property and academic partners where appropriate. We also help identify business partners to address supply chain market opportunities.

Another string to our bow is the financial assistance we can offer, and a competitive package of support to address any gaps to secure your inward investment.

There is a variety of financial support available if you invest in Scotland.

Find out about financial support

A recent example

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, is making a £2.3m research investment in a new Centre for Dementia Prevention in Edinburgh's BioQuarter. Their research study will work to understand the disease from its earliest stages and develop new treatments.

We at SDI identified a pipeline of demand for clinical trial facilities. We supported the pipeline through funding, while a fully-serviced generic clinical trials facility was designed, produced and constructed, suiting Janssen's needs exactly.

A great location

Of course, all our help would mean nothing if Scotland didn't have what it takes to be a great location for sustainable manufacturing and industrial biotechnology.

Scotland offers all the ingredients for industrial biotech success

Chemical lab worker

Discover what Scotland can do for you.

There is a wide range and abundance of feedstock, both marine and land-based. Scotland is also home to internationally-recognised research. The IBioIC (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre) harnesses this excellence by creating a single point of access to 14 academic institutions, as does the recently-launched UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology.

You'll find that Scotland's industrial landscape is large and diverse, from large multi-nationals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and supply-chain technology-based businesses.Names like Fujifilm, GSK, Ingenza, CelluComp and Celtic Renewable are typical of what you'll find.

Meet us at EFIB, or anywhere around the world

We're very excited about hosting EFIB (The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy) in Scotland. It's the perfect stage to show-off Scotland's strengths in the bioeconomy and sustainable manufacturing. With global leaders and pioneering companies coming to Glasgow, it's a great chance to build networks, highlight economic and business development opportunities for industry and academia, and potentially shape future policy in the IB sector.

Of course, if you can't catch-up with us at EFIB, please get in touch via any of our offices around the world or the link below.

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