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The Highlands and Islands has a unique offering in marine and natural products, particulary in macro and micro algae. These natural assets, largely situated around our islands and the west coast, offer employment and diversification opportunities for rual businesses and the ideal foundations for a thriving Marine Biotechnology sector.
Combining our natural assets with our academic strengths at the UHI Scottish Association for Marine Science and our industry expertise provides the foundation for a globally competitive region.
The Highlands and Islands region has key strength in seaweed cultivation and is home to world lead academic expertise in Marine Biotechnology, Europe’s largest Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, a thriving aquaculture industry and is already home to a cluster of marine biotech enterprises.
From these natural resources, companies such as Glycomar, BASF Pharma (Callanish) and Hebridean Seaweed, provide refined extracts, active compounds and expertise in product development and analytical capability.
The main markets for companies that utilise natural products are pharmaceuticals, nutriceuticals, cosmetics and renewable energy. Academic activity has grown to support the commercial base in providing research and analytical capabilities and a number of unique, natural product based collections and libraries exist.
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