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A perfect environment for precision medicine

With unrivalled data, world-leading facilities and a coordinated ecosystem, Scotland offers the perfect integrated environment for the design, development and commercialisation of precision medicine projects.

Think everything you need in one place

Scotland has a strong science base, and it’s committed to a complete ecosystem that brings together innovation, development, commercialisation and access to patients at world-leading levels. This makes it an ideal location for precision medicine projects.

It also provides access to extensive clinical data, top-of-the-line facilities and direct links to real-world application. This means Scotland can help you with every step of your project, from design to commercialisation, in the UK and beyond.

Scotland's strong precision medicine ecosystem

  • 230 companies

    undertaking precision medicine-related activity in Scotland

  • 41,000 people

    employed in the Scottish life sciences industry

  • 8 out of 10

    top Global Clinical Research Organisations are located in Scotland

Access Scottish academia, partners and NHS

When you choose Scotland for precision medicine, you benefit from its unique triple helix ecosystem that combines world-class academia, UK and global industry partners, and NHS Integrated Healthcare.

Design and develop precision medical products

By basing your project in Scotland, you can combine access to some of the world’s most extensive datasets — including national biological samples databases and unique electronic health records — with world-class academic and clinical research.

Collaborate with academia and industry through three dedicated Centres of Excellence:

  • The Living Laboratory for Precision Medicine
  • Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre
  • The Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Digital Diagnostics

Validate within a clinical research and trial setting

Scotland benefits from a fully connected network, which delivers a single clinical research ecosystem within the NHS and a high number of trials compared to other countries.

Implement into a real-world healthcare environment

You'll benefit from real-world application through collaboration with NHS Scotland's clinical expertise.

The Living Laboratory for Precision Medicine brings together academia, industry and the NHS, with a focus on validation and real-world implementation of precision medicine innovations into healthcare.

Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (PMS-IC) links Scotland’s expertise, data assets and infrastructure to speedup real-world adoption of precision medicine.

Tailored help every step of the way

Capitalise on Scotland’s extensive and accessible patient data to drive your product design and development.

Scotland has one of the most highly developed health informatics systems in the world and a long tradition of using linked health service data for research. Few other countries have systems that combine high-quality data, consistency and national coverage with the ability to link data to allow patient-based analysis and follow-up.

Implement and commercialise your solution through Scotland’s interconnected Triple Helix Ecosystem — perfectly demonstrated at Glasgow’s £1 billion Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus.

Living laboratory for precision medicine

The University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have partnered with industry and public sector to create a Living Laboratory for Precision Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus.

The campus is a great example of the interconnectivity found across Scotland. It’s home to a purpose-built Clinical Innovation Zone for industry, clinical research facilities, a biorepository, the Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, the Imaging Centre of Excellence and the i-CAIRD facility, all on one site.

Meet global demand with targeted therapeutics from Scotland.

Scotland is uniquely poised to be a testbed for targeted therapeutic development. It allows faster adoption, so you can rapidly launch your products and solutions on a global stage.

Make use of Scotland’s leading innovation centres to identify biomarkers, develop companion diagnostics and revolutionise diagnostic imaging.

Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD)

iCAIRD is based within the University of Glasgow Clinical Innovation Zone (CIZ) at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus. It enables advanced digital diagnostics through democratisation of healthcare AI and offers large volumes of healthcare data for the development of novel AI solutions.

Innovation Centre Network

This is a network of centres created to support collaboration between industry and academia, facilitating the translation of challenge solutions:

Develop the cross-platform technology needed for precision medicine applications.

When you set up a project here, you have an opportunity to capitalise on Scotland’s AI, digital and health tech expertise. Join Scotland’s growing number of businesses involved in developing digital platforms for health data, informatics, AI and machine learning — the core enabling technologies for precision medicine applications.

Get in touch with our team

With a network of 30 international offices, you'll find a local Scottish Development International contact who can help you do business with Scotland. Whether that’s supporting your investment in Scotland, or helping you partner with Scottish companies.

Find your local office or contact our UK call centre on +44 300 013 2734

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