Investment Environment

STRONG EVOLVING INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT

BREADTH and DEPTH OF OPPORTUNITY

Scotland has world class research leading to the generation of valuable intellectual property.

Between 2009 and 2015, Scotland created more than 170 life sciences start ups with a success rate of 85%, demonstrating Scotland’s supportive environment for Life Sciences ventures. In the same period Scotland generated over 60 university Life Sciences spin-outs, more than any other region of the UK. Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Dundee all feature in the top 10 UK universities generating Life Sciences spin-outs.

STRONG ECOSYSTEM FOR GROWTH

Supporting this growth, Scotland has enhanced its investment offering, attracting Epidarex Capital, a £50m venture fund supported by a diverse range of investors, including Eli Lilly’s first venture fund investment within the UK. With 30% of its portfolio in Life Sciences, the Scottish Investment Bank is the most active investor in Life Sciences in the UK.

Scotland has a network of incubators and an extensive range of support mechanisms to nurture young and growing companies.

Enterprise Agency support for growing companies

LS INVESTMENT COMMUNITY

Scotland has one of the most active business angel networks in Europe and is only second to London in the UK in terms of the number of Life Sciences companies receiving venture finance. The Scottish Investment Bank is the most active Life Sciences investor in the UK.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DERISK INVESTMENT

Scotland also provides a range of supportive mechanisms to enable businesses to prosper including Regional Selective Assistance, Training Plus grants, R&D grants, Patent Box (UK) and the lowest rate of corporation tax of the G20 countries.

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