The College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences (MVLS) brings together internationally renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities to improve health and quality of life for humans and animals across the globe. It also provides innovative teaching for our students, preparing them for a wide variety of exciting careers. The College is committed to delivering its vision for innovation, enabling translation and commercialisation of research and engagement with industry to maximise opportunities for collaborative research.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the economic and community development agency delivering the Scottish Government’s economic strategy across the north and west of Scotland, a region which covers more than half of Scotland.
With around 300 staff, HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops key sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.
As one of our priority sectors for growth, Life Sciences are key to the economic development of our region. In particular the sub-sectors Medical Technologies and Diagnostics, Digital Health and Marine Biotechnology play an important role and are well represented across the business base and academic expertise
Our pursuit is progress for people everywhere. That’s why we take a closer look at things, ask questions and think ahead.
We’ve been around for more than 350 years, yet our majority owners are still the descendants of Friedrich Jacob Merck, the man who founded our company in Darmstadt, Germany in 1688.
Since then, we have become a truly global company, with around 56,000 employees in 66 countries working on breakthrough solutions and technologies. In 2018, we invested a total of € 2.2 billion in research and development.
Opportunity North East (ONE) is a privately funded and led economic development body, set up to strengthen and diversify the economy of North East Scotland and has a 10-year £62m funding commitment from The Wood Foundation.
The ONE Life Sciences sector board is leading ambitious action and investment to realise the life sciences innovation, collaboration and commercialisation opportunity in Aberdeen, focused on the city’s Foresterhill Health Campus, one of Europe’s largest integrated clinical, research and teaching sites. This includes the creation of the Bio-therapeutics Hub for Innovation, a £40m investment that aims to double the number of life sciences companies based in the region. It will provide the physical space and specialist support to accelerate the creation and growth of companies, putting the regional company cluster and wider asset base at the forefront of health innovation and commercialisation. The project has been developed by ONE Life Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, NHS Grampian and Scottish Enterprise and the ONE team is leading its delivery. It has secured £20m of capital funding via the Aberdeen City Region Deal and ONE has committed £3.6m of funding to it. The new-build facility is due to open at the end of 2020.
Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS), is a specialist and highly compliant recruitment consultancy, dedicated to the science, engineering and technology sectors. Founded and run by Ricky Martin, in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar, HRS has a wealth of recruitment expertise as well as outstanding compliance and commercial awareness.
We offer a range of permanent, temporary and contract staff on both a contingent and retained basis. Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which change lives. To do so, HRS focuses on supporting sectors whose primary focus is to make the world a better place.
Marks & Clerk is an international group of intellectual property service providers, encompassing patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, lawyers and consultants. Operating internationally with 17 offices worldwide, our clients range from individuals with good ideas to multi-nationals with large IP portfolios.
Marks & Clerk enjoys long-established presence in Scotland, including offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. We work closely with many Scottish start-ups, SMEs, universities and investors.
With over 1,100 staff located at its Edinburgh sites, Charles River provides contract research services to help global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies accelerate their research and drug development efforts. Charles River’s dedicated employees provide the expertise required to expedite the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new therapies for patients.
Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills.
With more than 1,400 colleagues working across the country in schools, careers centres and partner locations, we are passionate about skills development and its contribution to a modern, innovative and prosperous Scottish economy.
Working with our partners, we strive to ensure employers have the right skills at the right time in high performing, fair and equal workplaces, and that every individual has the skills and confidence to get a job and progress in the workplace, achieving their full potential.
Addleshaw Goddard is a forward-thinking law firm for a forward-thinking sector.
Our Life Sciences practice comprises a large, multi-disciplinary team. We advise clients from across the spectrum, from start-ups/spin-outs through to major multi-nationals, on a broad range of issues, ranging from raising finance through to disposal, and product liability to major international disputes.
Companies operating in the life sciences industry are consistently exposed to legal and regulatory changes and challenges. As such, understanding the scientific, business and political challenges facing companies operating in the sector enables us to provide commercially relevant advice to some of the world’s leading life sciences companies – including GlaxoSmithKline and Thermo Fisher.
Over the last 30 years Close Brothers Asset Finance has grown to become a leading asset finance company, providing finance for businesses wanting to buy new or used equipment, vehicles, plant and machinery. Working closely with individual businesses our team of experts fully understand the industry and offer tailor-made, practical solutions that help enable success and growth.
Backed by Close Brothers, a leading UK merchant bank, we continually refine our relationships and enhance our products to deliver more effectively for our customers and suppliers. With Hire Purchase, Lease and Refinance we offer effective solutions for SMEs who need fast and flexible funding.
Eurofins Biopharma Product Testing UK has over 30 years’ experience providing high quality testing, development and stability services to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry.
We are part of the largest network of harmonized GMP product testing labs in the world with access to:
We continue to uphold our founding promise of personal service and impeccable quality. Extensive expertise and a wide range of instrument capabilities allow us to provide one-stop-shop GMP services for our clients, reducing costs and delivery times.
Symbiosis Pharmaceutical Services specialises in the GMP manufacture and sterile fill/finish of vials for clinical trials and commercial supply. Regulatory compliance, technical capability and operational flexibility are at its core.
Manufacturing from a purpose-built FDA inspected and MHRA-licensed facility in Stirling, we can handle products that require aseptic liquid filling and lyophilisation for a range of complex biologics, viral vectors for use in gene therapies and small molecule drugs.
Offering fast access to manufacturing slots and accelerated release of drug product, Symbiosis is primed to meet demand for small-scale, fast-turnaround drug product sterile manufacturing.