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Highlands and Islands companies triumph in prestigious awards

09 February 2015

Three of the seven categories in this year’s Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards were won by companies from the Highlands and Islands.

The awards recognise innovation, investment, community engagement and collaboration in Scotland’s internationally renowned life sciences sector.

The Highlands and Islands have particular strengths in digital health, blood diagnostics, and marine and natural products, as well as a culture of collaboration.

Lewis based BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd, which makes omega-3 products, won the Community Engagement award. The Innovation award went to Tactical Wireless of Forres for its Omni-Hub, which provides quality communication in time critical situations. And Eleanor McFadden, of Frontier Science (Scotland) Ltd in Kincraig, won the Business Leadership award. Frontier Science is involved in the design, management and analysis of clinical trials, particularly for cancer.

Giles Hamilton (AccuNostics Ltd) of Forres was shortlisted for the Entrepreneurial Business Leadership category and The Satellite Ultrasound for Rural Stroke (SURS) project, by the University of Aberdeen and Tactical Wireless, was shortlisted for Innovative Collaboration.

HIE has supported all five of the companies. James Cameron, head of life sciences, said: “We are absolutely delighted for the winning and shortlisted companies. The region’s profile at the awards reflects the growth in the life sciences and technology sector here and our status as one of Europe’s most successful and competitive regions.”


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