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Scotland is one of the largest life sciences clusters in Europe, with no shortage of opportunities to collaborate and innovate with many of the best minds, facilities and organisations in the world.


You won't be short of chances to collaborate and innovate in Scotland. Whatever aspect of the life sciences industry you're involved with and wherever you are on the product life cycle, there are a number of partners and resources right here. And, of course, we can help you on your business journey, from innovation advice and support, right through to export assistance.

Key sites

Edinburgh BioQuarter

The wide range of capabilities in life sciences concentrated at the Edinburgh BioQuarter site makes it a leading European destination for translational medical research; advancing drug development by transforming basic scientific discoveries through clinical application, into new medical treatments and products.

Co-location of academic research and clinical research facilities provides an opportunity for companies to engage with world-leading medical researchers and clinicians to progress new concepts from discovery, all the way through clinical trials, to establishing a commercially viable route to market.


Already home to a number of dynamic, successful and growing Life Science companies, the site previously owned and built to exceptionally high specification by Organon Laboratories, provides tailored bench space, incubation, grow on and large laboratory space for companies at all stages of their life cycle. Besides access to high-end equipment and shared services, there's also training, business support and access to investment for new and growing bioscience businesses.

Dundee Drug Discovery Unit

The Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee is a fully-operational, fully -ntegrated drug discovery group working across multiple disease areas. They collaborate with partners to translate world-class biology research into novel drug targets and candidate drugs to address unmet medical need across our two areas of activity, These are Diseases of the Developing World and Innovative Targets Portfolio. Building on success in these areas, the Unit is also developing an Antimicrobial Resistance Portfolio. They have extensive experience in collaboration and partnership, as well as offering commercial services.

Inverness Campus

Inverness Campus is a location of national and international significance for business, R&D and education with a strong core of scientific knowledge. Building on the success of the adjacent Centre for Health Science, LifeScan Scotland and Raigmore Hospital, Inverness Campus has a number of key research and education organisations collocating within An Lochran, the Enterprise and Research Centre working together to form a uniquely innovative environment.

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

The new 14 floor Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow (adult) building is one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK and home to major specialist services such as renal medicine, transplantation and vascular surgery, with state-of-the-art Critical Care, Theatre and Diagnostic Services. Glasgow is a centre of excellence for chronic disease research and management, and also for clinical trials. The hospital has a 7T imaging centre with a floor exclusively for industry use.

Scotland also has innovation centres covering the following:

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