Life Sciences

Edinburgh life science research is among the best in the world. Featuring some of the highest density research clusters in Europe, Edinburgh’s life sciences sector offers unrivalled opportunities to collaborate while leveraging the region’s renowned strengths in data science and data analytics.

World-leading cluster 

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 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.

A collaboration between the public and private sectors as well as world-class academia, Edinburgh BioQuarter is one of Europe’s leading facilitators of translational medical research - advancing drug development by transforming basic scientific discoveries through clinical application, into new medical treatments and products in one location. Many leading biotech companies are located in Nine at Edinburgh BioQuarter, which has become a hub for bio firms, providing an innovative and collaborative environment. 

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.

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, the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus (home to the world- renowned Roslin Institute), Edinburgh Technopole and Pentlands Science Park (home to the Moredun Research Institute). 

With The Roslin Institute, Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park and Edinburgh Technopole all within a mile radius, the area provides a stimulating scientific and commercial environment for companies to mature and develop as well as benefiting from the specialist facilities and expertise onsite. For more information on city region science parks visit the Midlothian Science Zone website

In good company

Edinburgh is home to many of the world's largest and most influential life sciences organisations. Discover More about Edinburgh's pioneering life sciences sector by exploring our Business Sector Map.

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