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.

Edinburgh Science Triangle

Today researchers in the city today 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. These including Edinburgh BioQuarter, Roslin BioCentre and Pentlands Science Park and they are home to many of the city’s Life Science companies. Many companies choose to locate in these science parks to 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 Edinburgh’s science parks visit the Edinburgh Science Triangle website.

Leading companies and Collaboration

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

GlaxoSmithKline are currently working with the team at Edinburgh BioQuarter to tackle acute pancreatitis. Having a teaching hospital located alongside researchers and specialist facilities will help to shorten the time required to turn a discovery into a treatment for patients. 


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. 

Edinburgh BioQuarter

Edinburgh BioQuarter is the commercialisation arm of Europe's fastest-growing academic medical centre - a team of scientists and business people with more than 150 years of commercial experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. They aim to accelerate the development of new treatments for human and animal diseases. We do this by working with researchers, industry and investors to create new drugs, diagnostic tools and medical devices. Key areas of research excellence in Edinburgh include regenerative medicine, inflammation and oncology.

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