How to Win the Talent War in 2017: Gordon Bateman, Complete Resourcing

  With over £30million invested in growing Scottish life sciences businesses in 2016, it is clear that scientific entrepreneurship is flourishing in Scotland. It has the most active business angel network in the UK, Archangels, and has thriving entrepreneurial spaces including Edinburgh BioQuarter and BioCity.  However, this sector growth also comes with challenges. Recruiting skilled […]

Exciting Times Ahead for Scotland’s Life Sciences: Dave Tudor, GSK

This is an exciting time for Life Sciences in Scotland according to Dave Tudor, the global head of API manufacturing and supply at GSK. The proud Scot is responsible for managing a complex global supply chain, which includes the company’s two manufacturing sites at Montrose and Irvine. These two sites play key roles supporting some […]

The Marine Bioprocessing Centre – Unlocking the Value in our Seaweed

  James Cameron, Head of Life Sciences, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, blogs about why a new Marine Bioprocessing Centre is needed to help Scotland become a global leader in Marine Biotechnology. Marine Biotechnology is an exciting opportunity for Scotland. An area within this space that is attracting increasing interest and is especially relevant to Scotland is algae. […]

Irvine Bay: Realising Scotland’s Life Science Manufacturing Potential

Critical manufacturing mass at i3 Translating Scotland’s world class research skills into high quality manufacturing jobs is right at the heart of the strategy to grow the life sciences sector in Scotland. i3, Irvine’s Enterprise Area, has been developing as a manufacturing location, offering access to a skilled and experienced workforce with the necessary infrastructure […]

Paul Chapman, Partner, Marks & Clerk: Is Invention Enough?

Paul Chapman, Patent Attorney and Partner at Marks & Clerk, argues that innovation and commercialisation should go hand-in-hand.   2016 has been a strong year for innovation in Scotland and in particular in the Life Science field. Moreover, 2016 has certainly been interesting in terms of political considerations both here and abroad, which will provide both challenges […]

Ian Stevens, CEO, Touch Bionics: New Health Innovation Partnership Benefitting Scottish Patients

It is often frustrating that new, Scottish, medical technologies, whilst successful in international markets, do not find their way to Scottish patients due to sometimes lengthy regulatory approval processes and procurement rules. Touch Bionics i-limbs, whilst now fitted to over 6,000 wearers worldwide, had until recently not been available to Scottish NHS patients.  But a […]

2016: Another Great Year for Life Sciences in Scotland

  Julia Brown, Senior Director Healthcare, Life and Chemical Sciences at Scottish Enterprise, reviews Scotland’s booming Life Sciences sector, highlighting the Scottish companies that attracted big investments, developed new products and expanded into international markets during 2016. 2016 was another great year for Life Sciences. Investment was strong and steady – with notable foreign acquisitions, a rich stream […]

2016 Award Winner, Easter Bush: A Year of Engagement

It is coming up to a year since we received Scotland’s Life Sciences Community Engagement Award and among the many building developments and scientific advances on Easter Bush Campus, our programme of engagement and outreach events has gone from strength to strength. We were delighted to receive this award which recognises the valuable work carried […]