Dec 02, 2006
By BioPharm International Editors

Company Description

Dundee, Scotland's City of Discovery, is an international center for life sciences research, with companies, universities, research institutions and scientists all within a three mile radius. It has a growing reputation within the fields of cancer research, cell biology, drug metabolism, diabetes research, bioinformatics, diagnostics and environmental biotechnology. Over 3,800 life scientists are employed in the area, and the city is populated by spin-out companies that are a testament to the scientific research to be found.

BioDundee is a partnership between the private, public and academic sectors. It was founded in 1998 to create within Dundee an environment where continuous learning, improvement and innovation can take place and where experiences can be shared and best practices embraced by existing, new and incoming companies. It supports a range of activities including networking and training events, most notably the Annual BioDundee International Conference. It produces a quarterly newsletter which is distributed to 14,000 contacts. BioDundee also coordinates trade development activities and provides a focus for promoting the life sciences sector in the area.

The University of Dundee is a center for life sciences research, with a number of 5-star rated faculties, including the School of Life Sciences and the Medical School at Ninewells, one of Europe's foremost teaching hospitals. Working within the university are a number of internationally cited scientists in their field of expertise. The University of Abertay, Dundee, has a reputation for its work within the areas of bioinformatics and environmental sciences. The Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) is the largest plant and ag-bio research facility in Scotland. It is the lead center in the UK for research on potatoes, barley and soft fruit crops.


Dundee is a major player in the UK and European life sciences industry with 15% of the life sciences companies in Scotland located in the city and surrounding area. Examples of companies located in Dundee are:

Axis-Shield—specializing in the development, manufacture and marketing of proprietary diagnostics kits for the detection of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.

CXR Biosciences—a unique company which applies a mix of conventional and proprietary techniques and models to accelerate drug discovery and investigative toxicology.

Cyclacel—a clinical biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel, mechanism-targeted drugs to treat human cancers and other serious disorders.

Pleiad Devices—a clinical research organization that specializes in designing, setting up and managing clinical trials for medical device manufacturers.

High quality science, medical parks and comprehensive clinical support facilities are available in Dundee, together with a range of business support services. The area is a highly attractive location for life sciences within the UK and, due to a highly cooperative network, and the internationally recognized BioDundee brand, it continues to attract key organizations and personnel.

3 City Square Dundee DD1 3BA Scotland, UK

01382 434913

01382 434650



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