Life Sciences

Edinburgh life science research is among the best in the world, being part of one the largest and fastest growing life science communities in Europe.

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Leading Companies and Collaboration

The combination of world-leading academic researchers, cutting edge companies and science parks encourages close collaboration across the life sciences sector in Edinburgh and the city region. This environment of collaboration has attracted some of the world’s leading companies to form partnerships in Edinburgh to accelerate projects leading to new discoveries. 

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.

There are currently nearly 900 hospital beds and 1,200 researchers on site and by 2017 this is expected to rise to more than 1,500 hospital beds and 2,000 researchers.

Edinburgh BioQuarter has specialist facilities, such as ATMP GMP labs for stem-cell work, an imaging centre with PET, MRI and CT-slice scanners and an MHRA-accredited Phase I clinical trials unit on site as well as dedicated bio-incubator facilities and an outstanding team of business development professionals.


Edinburgh has a rapidly developing biotech sector and the Edinburgh city region has been recognised as a Region of Innovation Excellence, particularly in medicine and life sciences. The city region is home to outstanding research and business science parks which have spawned numerous biotech companies which are researching innovative technologies to excel in their field. Many leading biotech companies are located in Nine at Edinburgh BioQuarter, which is a hub for bio firms and provides an inspiring and collaborative environment.

Companies include Celtic Renewables, which is working to produce biofuel from the by-products of whisky production and Fios Genomics, which provides bioinformatics data analysis services to Pharma, CROs and academia for drug discovery and development.

The European Congress on Biotechnology is the leading conference for academic and industrial biotechnologists in Europe. The 16th biennial event took place in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Over 1,400 academic and industrial biotechnologists attended a comprehensive scientific programme.

Midlothian Science Zone

Across the wider city region, researchers are determined to make their own mark in science and are carrying out leading research in fields including regenerative medicine, imagining, bio-informatics and animal welfare.

A lot of this research happens within the seven specialist science parks around Edinburgh including the Roslin BioCentre and Pentlands Science Park, home to many of the city’s Life Science companies. Many companies choosing to locate in these science parks benefit from the specialist facilities and expertise onsite.

Pentlands Science Park is home to Moredun Research Institute who employ over 200 people carrying out research into the infectious disease of live stock. For more information on city region science parks visit the Midlothian Science Zone website.

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