Access To World Leading Research

Scotland is an ideal location to source partners for major Life Sciences projects, with world leading research expertise across human healthcare, animal and plant sciences, aquaculture, agritech and industrial biotechnology.

Scotland ranks worldwide among the top three for research productivity and impact, with 19 universities and higher education institutions, and world leading research centers, that attract some of the brightest international scientists. For example, Scotland has the largest concentration of animal health and aquaculture researchers in Europe.

Scotland has invested heavily to develop innovation and excellence centres to catalyse collaborations between industry and academia. These interactions support business performance through the rapid and efficient translation of solutions to industrial and scientific challenges, creating economic value for Scotland. In the last five years, Scotland has created 6 innovation centres directly aligned to life sciences, with a core funding of £100m: