Scotland is also taking a leading role in funding early-stage ideas leading to the creation of new businesses or technology
licensing. Companies such as Cyclacel (
http://www.cyclacel.com/), Axis Shield (
http://www.axis-shield.com/), Ardana (
http://www.ardana.co.uk/), and ProStrakan (
http://www.prostrakan.com/) that focus primarily on product development for the human healthcare market are prime examples of organizations that have
received research and development funding from the government.
THE ROAD AHEAD
Scotland sees the future of life sciences as paved with great potential for discovery through international collaboration.
Scotland is dedicated to communicating a global vision, in which a strong social, political, and academic infrastructure provides
life sciences companies with a cohesive network of resources that are efficiently and effectively working together to achieve
the goal of scientific discovery.
Scotland's life sciences community is a fine example of this vision, and is well positioned to remain a world leader in life
sciences through the continued support of organizations such as SDI and ITI Life Sciences. These organizations are key to
cultivating existing partnerships between academia and the global business community, while assisting business in seeking
new research alliances and product development opportunities that will fuel the search for the latest innovations in science
and technology. Those who share Scotland's vision stand to be part of a rich history and tradition in scientific research
that has laid the groundwork for the next 100 years of scientific discovery.
LORNA B. JACK is president, Americas, for Scottish Development International, One Memorial Drive, Suite 1220, Cambridge, MA 02142, 617.621.3034,
fax 617.621.3036, email@example.com