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The life sciences sector in the Highlands and Islands predominantly consists of small enterprises, working in human and animal health, marine biotechnology, natural products, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences and digital technology. The region has particular strengths and opportunites in digital health and wellbeing, and marine biotechnology.
In addition to the more traditional life sciences sector profile a strong network of technology expertise exists across the Highlands and Islands. These businesses are ideally placed to pursue increasing opportunities for the development and deployment of innovative technology solutions and products for the health and wellbeing markets.
The sector typically delivers high levels of innovation with businesses generally international in their outlook and generating above average salaries. Regulatory requirements in the route to commercialisation can often lead to longer periods of research and development which demand specialist financial investment and extended timescales for return on investment.
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The Glasgow School of Art’s new campus in Moray has been formally opened.
The Highlands and Islands Creative Campus is a postgraduate research centre. It was established following the £2.5 million renovation of Blairs Steading by Altyre Estate near Forres.
Two companies from the Highlands and Islands have been shortlisted for the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards 2017.
The European Marine Science Park (EMSP) at Dunstaffnage near Oban is the venue for a three-day international marine science and technology summit this week (20-22 September).
Inverness-based LifeScan Scotland, part of the wider LifeScan Inc., is to embark on an £8.7 million investment to innovate the research, development and manufacturing capabilities of its newest technologies.
A £19m initiative by the University of the Highlands and Islands, to develop a school encompassing health, social care and wellbeing, has secured a £4 million investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).