Heritage of Innovation
Scotland has a proven track record over centuries of pioneering invention and medical innovation. From the top selling skeletal muscle relaxant Atracurium, discovered in John Stenlake’s laboratory at the University of Strathclyde, Ian Donald’s pioneering ultrasound scanning in gynaecology, Graham Teasdale and Bryan Jennett’s development of the Glasgow Coma Scale, and the development of the MRI body scanner by John Mallard, Scotland has a proven track record of invention and medical advances.
The life sciences industry in Scotland is much broader than simply human health. Scotland also has a rich heritage of pushing forward advances in the fields of animal and plant research, including the development of new varieties of potatoes and soft fruits better suited to cope with our changing climate, and the creation of Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. With such a history, Scotland is well positioned to revolutionise the life sciences landscape of the future.
Scotland offers outstanding collaboration across academia, government and industry, and we have a world class reputation for providing unique insights into many of today’s global challenges.