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.
You can find life sciences companies based in the Highlands and Islands on the Life Sciences Scotland Company Directory.
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An experienced business leader and a collaboration project from the Highlands and Islands triumphed at Scotland’s annual Life Science Awards held in Glasgow on 16 May.
Eight businesses and entrepreneurs in the Highlands will start their journey on Pathfinder Accelerator tomorrow (Thursday 10 May) at An Lòchran, Inverness Campus.
The continued advancement of life sciences at Inverness Campus took another step forward this week, with the arrival of OrganLike.
A new facility that provides workspace and collaboration opportunities for life sciences businesses across the Highland Council area was launched in Inverness today (Tuesday 27 March).
HIE is now recruiting for the 2018 intake to its Pathfinder Accelerator, a tried and tested business programme nurturing growth in life sciences and technology.