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Life sciences

Life Sciences

Supporting the growth of the life sciences sector in the Highlands and Islands

Life sciences in our region

The life sciences growth sector covers human and animal health, marine and natural products, chemical sciences and digital technology.

Technology companies also pursue opportunities in the health and wellbeing markets developing innovative technology solutions.

Companies in this highly innovative sector often generate above average salaries and have an international outlook.  Regulatory requirements for commercialisation of life sciences products often results in longer periods of research and development which demand specialist financial investment and extended timescales for return on investment. We can support your business through all stages of your growth.

You can find a selection of life sciences companies based in the Highlands and Islands on the Life Sciences Scotland Company Directory.

World class academic research takes place in the region. The University of the Highlands and Islands is very progressive in its open innovation approach, making it standard for companies to retain their IP when working with the university.

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Support for Life Science businesses

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Discover the Life Sciences Sub-Sectors

There are a number of growth areas in life sciences across the Highlands and Islands. Discover more about what they are and how they're contributing to our regional economy.


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