Home to one Europe’s largest life science clusters, Scotland has a rich history in science innovation and is actively paving the way forward for the future’s scientific pioneers.
By 2025, life science companies in Scotland are set to increase sector turnover to £8 billion. This development is being accelerated by the latest Life Sciences Strategy for Scotland 2025 Vision, which aims to make Scotland the location of choice for life science organisations, and scientists across the globe.
Read on to discover how Scotland’s life science strategy is activating more opportunities for scientists and businesses . We uncover how 5 life science companies are bringing their scientific endeavours to fruition across the country today.
This article will explore:
- What Scotland’s Life Science Strategy is
- 5 innovative life science companies in Scotland
- How to accelerate your scientific career in Scotland
What is Scotland’s Life Science Strategy?
Initially published in 2017, the vision behind Scotland’s Life Science Strategy is to bring Scotland to the forefront of the wider life science community, culminating in an increase in the industry’s contribution to the Scottish Economy to £8 billion by 2025.
The strategy is built around advancing 4 key themes:
- Innovation and Commercialisation
- Sustainable Production
- Business Environment
So far, established partnerships across academia, health, and the Scottish Government, they are on track to make the goal of £8 billion in economic contributions. The success so far is reported by Life Sciences Scotland to be due to “a focus on and commitment to all elements critical to the enterprise lifecycle: research, develop, manufacture and commercialise.”
5 innovative life science companies in Scotland
Meet 5 innovative life science companies making the most of Scotland’s advanced life science landscape to pioneer new treatments, diagnostics, and medical devices.
EnteroBiotix are a leading microbiome therapeutics company with an ambitious vision to transform the care of patients suffering from unmet clinical needs through innovative microbiome modulating therapeutics. The organisation is based at Aberdeen’s Foresterhill Health Campus as well as Glasgow’s Strathclyde Business Park.
With a leadership team well versed in pharmaceutical development pathways, the organisation is united by their technical understanding and goal to harness the potential of the microbiome to change care standards, and power better clinical results.
Following a recent financing series seeing the organisation raise $21.5 million in funding, the organisation is set to rapidly advance and establish itself even further within the life science space.
In 2011, Symbiosis established their facility in the Innovation Park, based in Stirling Scotland, after being approved for an MIA (IMP) license by the MHRA, which allows the company to manufacture an array of products for global biotechnology clients.
This move, back in 2011, marked the emergence of improved technical capability, quality assurance and operational flexibility to provide swift access to production slots to speed drug manufacture, enabling critical treatments to reach patients faster.
More than a decade later, Symbiosis have announced new plans to invest £1 million in their in-house analytical, and microbiology testing capabilities, at their site in Stirling to power their ambitious growth plans.
Colin McKay, CEO of Symbiosis, commented on the investment into site developments saying, “This investment is another clear statement of our continuing ambition to strengthen our service offering in response to the demands from existing clients and to position Symbiosis to attract further global biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients in the future.”
3. Microplate Dx
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical global health problem is set to account for 10 million deaths a year by 2050 – more than cancer, and diabetes combined.
Pioneering diagnostics to improve antibiotic prescribing is vital to mitigate the impact of a probable ‘antibiotics apocalypse’.
Microplate Dx are a Glasgow based organisation set to reform existing diagnostic antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST), accelerating the test process from around 2 days to just 30 minutes. This diagnostic development will enable clinicians to confidently and accurately prescribe antibiotics to treat patients – reducing the rate of antimicrobial infection, and ultimately saving lives.
Named after the Latin word for “purposeful assembly”, Curia play a pivotal role role across the wider drug development lifecycle, by helping organisations transform their ideas into tangible products to power the future of health..
As a globally established contract research, development manufacturing organisation (CDMO), Curia has a high fill-finish capacity for a range of biologics, including those that are hard to fill.),
With 3,100 employees operating across 21 sites in Asia, Europe, the U.S and Scotland, Curia was well-equipped to support in the COVID-19 vaccination efforts, where the organisation filled and finished “millions of doses” of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
In Glasgow specifically, Curia handle fill-finish duties for a variety of biologics and medications, including antibody drug-conjugates, monoclonal antibodies, and much more.
Respiratory disorders are the leading cause of death and disability world-wide. (https://www.lifesciencesscotland.com/news/scottish-medtech-company-nebuflow-secures-1-7m-investment)
Fragile, hard-to-nebulise drugs have the potential to transform the lives of patients, should they have proper access to the lungs. However, many life-changing formulations today lack the appropriate methods for direct delivery to the lung, damaging their clinical utility and impact.
NebuFlow are a Glasgow-based organisation set on developing and providing the next generation of nebulisers to activate efficient drug delivery to the lungs and transform the lives of patients across the globe.
Having received £1.7 million in investment to commercialise and deliver their respiratory pharmaceuticals, the growing organisation is set to realise its vision of transforming drug delivery and the lives of patients across the globe.
How to accelerate your scientific career in Scotland
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About the author: Emma leads the SRG team in Scotland, covering all roles north of the border. She has over 9 years of recruitment experience, including extensive experience of account management and talent attraction. Emma recruits world class professionals for the Life Science industry specifically in Scotland at all levels from graduate to Director level. She has a wealth of experience in working with key accounts to develop and implement talent strategies and source key individuals for clients. Emma is a Glasgow science graduate with a BSc Hons in Genetics and an MSc in Environmental Health. Connect with Emma Laurenson on Linkedin.