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Centre for Health Science welcomes new companies into its state of the art facility

04 November 2011

Issued by the Centre for Health Science

The Centre for Health Science Company is delighted to announce the addition of two new health related companies into its state of the art building. Albasoft Ltd, a clinical informatics company, has taken up dedicated office space and Health Science Solutions Limited, a recent business start up, is taking advantage of the Centre's new virtual office facilities for an initial period of 6 months.

Lindsey Moodie, Business Development Manager for the Centre for Health Science Company said "These companies are a welcome addition and add to the growing mix of organisations and activities already present within the Centre for Health Science. We recognise that businesses continue to face challenging economic conditions and are delighted that Albasoft and Health Science Solutions have taken the step to move into the Centre. The Centre has been set up to encourage interaction and innovation and we hope these businesses thrive within this environment."

Mr Dave Kelly, Director of Albasoft, states "The Centre for Health Science presented the right environment to grow our business; we already work with a number of the other organisations so we hope by locating here it will lead to more collaborative opportunities and further the growth of our company." Mr Gerry MacNeil who recently set up his company Health Science Solutions Limited said "I often travel for my work so opted for the virtual office facilities at the Centre for Health Science as it provided a business address and flexible base for my new venture. As a sole trader I am looking forward to tapping into the community of expertise as well as making new business contacts through the various networking events on offer."

This news comes as a result of new initiatives that were introduced to help young and ambitious companies in the health and life science sector to realise their business potential in an innovative and supportive environment. In addition to dedicated business units the Centre for Health Science introduced virtual office and hot desk (rent-a-desk) arrangements to offer businesses flexible leasing arrangements with affordable, all-inclusive packages. These options provide access to facilities, infrastructure, meeting rooms and support that bigger, established businesses benefit from but without the need to commit to large, expensive premises and lengthy lease terms.

The Centre for Health Science is the only incubator building dedicated solely to health science related organisations in the Highlands and Islands region and offers an innovative and collaborative environment for companies. Whether you are starting up, expanding or looking to relocate your business, the Centre for Health Science has the flexibility to meet your needs. The state of the art building also boasts meeting rooms, a cafe, library, courtyard and access to a community of expertise and networking events.

Further information:

  • The Centre for Health Science was completed in 2008 and is a state-of-the-art multi-user facility based in the capital city of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness and co-located with the region's largest hospital, Raigmore and LifeScan Scotland Ltd. It was funded by both Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The centre was established to encourage further growth of the health and life sciences sector in the region. It brings together academia, commercial organisations and the public sector and is a focus for excellence in health related research, education, training, patient care and business development.
  • The Centre for Health Science currently accommodates; four universities; Aberdeen, Stirling, UHI and Glasgow School of Art, as well as NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Highland including their Research and Development Office, Centre for Rural Health, Highland Diabetes Institute, Lipidomics Research Facility, LifeScan Scotland Ltd and the Highland Surgical Research Facility. The Centre also offers a number of specialist facilities that businesses can tap into, the Highland Clinical Research Facility, Clinical Skills Centre, Highland Health Sciences Library, laboratories and conference and meeting rooms.
  • The Centre for Health Science Company is responsible for supporting and developing the activities within the Centre for Health Science as well as raising awareness of the work being undertaken and identifying opportunities for further interaction, collaboration and growth.
  • The hot desk option offers access to a desk within a fully furnished office and can be rented for as little as half a day and the virtual office provides access to a fully serviced, shared and furnished office for a minimum term of 6 months. Both options are flexible with wifi internet access, reception services, utilities and business rates at an all-inclusive cost.
  • Albasoft
    Albasoft provide clinical audit, quality assurance, payment verification and data extraction services to NHS Scotland. Their flagship product Escro is in daily use by health care professionals across three Health boards (NHS Highland, Forth Valley and Lothian) covering over 300 practices. Designed to ensure that contracted clinical services are delivered to the minimum agreed standard, Escro is the most advanced primary care monitoring system available in the UK.

    In addition to their core business of monitoring and improving clinical outcomes for patients, they have expanded into providing healthcare informatics services to the academic community providing data extraction facilities to Stirling University (Alcohol Brief Interventions) Glasgow University (Counterweight obesity program), Edinburgh (SHELS), Dundee (SHARE and UK biobank) and of course our existing close links with the Highland Research Facility (HRF) and UHI.

    Their experience of operating from a base in the north of Scotland has allowed them to develop remote installation and support procedures that will allow them to operate in any area of the UK.
  • Health Science Solutions Limited
    Health Science Solutions Limited is a startup company specialising in training, repair and quality assurance of medical devices.

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