Diversity in Scotland’s Life Sciences Industry

As the dust settles on Scotland’s Life Sciences Annual Awards, Deborah O’Neil, Chief Executive of Novabiotics, reflects on the great diversity of our sector and celebrates this year’s impressive shortlist and winners.  The Life Sciences industry in Scotland is world renowned. And no wonder – such is the diversity across research, companies and talent our […]

Putting Skills Development at the Heart of Life and Chemical Sciences

For life sciences in Scotland to grow into an £8 billion sector by 2025, more highly skilled people will be needed at all levels.   In our latest blog, Ronnie Palin, Key Sector Manager – Life and Chemical Sciences at Skills Development Scotland gives us an overview of the new Skills Investment Plan for both Life and Chemical […]

Life & Chemical Sciences Sector: The Future Won’t Look Like the Past

Martin Welsh, Managing Director at Booth Welsh, blogs about the advent of Industry 4.0 and the transformational changes taking place in the life sciences sector. As a process control company, Booth Welsh has worked in the Life & Chemical Sciences industry for 28 years, developing long term partnerships with many companies within this sector, including […]

Roslin Innovation Centre: A New Hub for Life Sciences Innovation

The new Roslin Innovation Centre, a world-leading bioscience hub bringing together academia, research and enterprise opened last August. Here John Mackenzie, the centre’s CEO, gives us a tour and explains why it is so special. Roslin Innovation Centre is part of a new £30 million multi-purpose and multi occupancy gateway building on the University of […]

The Scotsman: Get on Board for This Year’s Life Sciences Conference

Collaboration is key to achieving the ambitious £8billion life sciences growth target argues David Lee, Chair of The Scotsman’s annual Life Sciences Conference.   Ambitious growth targets are great. They look wonderful on a page and make headline-writing simple. During my 20 years as a daily newspaper journalist, I always appreciated that. Food and drink in […]

The Future of Merck in Irvine: Exciting Times Ahead

David Bucklin, Site Director, Irvine Cell Culture Media Center of Excellence for Merck KGaA, blogs about the excitement of working in the Life Sciences – one of Scotland’s most dynamic sectors  – and the importance of capturing the imagination of the next generation. The North Ayrshire region and Scotland in general is well positioned for continued […]

IP Considerations for Collaborative Innovation

Magnus Johnston, a Partner at major European intellectual property firm, Haseltine Lake, discusses some of the key intellectual property issues that need to be considered by collaborative parties engaged in innovative research. One of the key priorities of the Life Science Strategy for Scotland is to drive growth through collaboration to commercialise the output of […]

Meeting the Challenges of Measurement in the Life Sciences

Mark Kane, Instrument Account Manager at Waters UK, blogs on the challenges of meeting the measurement needs of a rapidly evolving life sciences sector. Waters is a multinational company with a big presence in the UK and Ireland where we develop and manufacture mass spectrometry products that have made a significant impact in the world-wide […]

Scottish Life Sciences 2017 Year in Review

2017 was another great year for the life sciences in Scotland.  Here, Dave Tudor, Chair of Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group and Head of GMS Strategy at GSK, reviews some of the highlights.   It’s been an extremely successful 2017 for the Life Sciences sector and I am delighted to have this opportunity to […]

Patenting Problems in the Life Sciences Sector

Isobel Finnie, UK and European Patent Attorney in the Chemistry and Life Sciences Team at Haseltine Lake LLP, considers some of the patenting problems specific to the Life Sciences sector and the different approaches required when filing patent applications in Europe and the U.S. One of a life science company’s key assets is the patent […]