The EST includes Scotland's first dedicated national biomanufacturing campus, Biocampus. Although Scotland has a successful
cGMP biomanufacturing community, with Intercell Biomedical (
http://www.intercell.com/), Millipore (
http://www.millipore.com/), BioReliance (
http://www.bioreliance.com/), and Avecia (
http://www.avecia.com/) located there, Biocampus further reinforces Scotland's position as a leader in this field. There are several hundred life
sciences companies in Scotland, and this science park offers them, as well as international companies, an integrated environment
that is fully operational for advanced cGMP biomanufacturing. Equally advantageous is Biocampus's close proximity to three
of the world's top five cell culture media manufacturers: Invitrogen (Scotland) (
http://www.invitrogen.com/), Sigma-Aldrich (Scotland) (
http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/), and Hyclone (Northumberland) (
Overall, active collaborations will be essential in advancing scientific discoveries and helping them become applicable to
the real world. With such a broad range of science parks, each with unique specializations and a global reputation, the EST
is an optimal resource for international companies and research institutes interested in advancing scientific discovery.
Edinburgh is well on its way to becoming one of the top ten cities of science and technology excellence in Europe and, with
the help of the EST, will continue leading innovation in the twenty-first century.
Scotland's life sciences industry is rapidly becoming one of the country's economic powerhouses, comparable to anywhere in
In the West of Scotland in particular, there is a noticeable effort to make sure that every last drop of benefit can be extracted
from the not-inconsiderable talent and enterprise available. The area is home to around 180 life sciences and related companies,
ranging from major pharmaceuticals through diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, contract researchers and manufacturers
that are jointly responsible for the employment of over 8,000 people.
Add to this the fact that there are four high-quality universities in the West of Scotland and a number of highly respected
research institutes supporting in excess of 2,800 life sciences researchers in a variety of fields, and you begin to appreciate
that there's a great deal happening here.
The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, a part of the University of Glasgow (
http://www.gla.ac.uk/) and headed by respected cancer specialist Professor Karen Vousden, is a case in point. It will benefit from a multimillion
dollar expansion program this year, housing 240 cancer researchers and providing research facilities.
Similarly, the Glasgow Biomedical Research Center (
http://www.gla.ac.uk/) houses 300 scientists in 35 internationally recognized research groups. Led by renowned immunology expert Professor Eddy
Liew, the research and development capability of the center is unsurpassed in Scotland.
As well as numerous examples of home-grown talent, many scientists at the cutting edge of research have come here from Europe
and beyond, including Professor Massimo Palmarini, from Italy, whose ground-breaking work with retroviruses in mammals has
potentially massive significance for AIDS and certain types of leukemia in humans.
Commercially, the West of Scotland goes from strength to strength. Scottish Biomedical (
http://www.scottish-biomedical.com/), a Glasgow-based preclinical drug discovery organization, entered into a research collaboration earlier this year with South
Korean pharmaceutical company, Chong Kun Dang (
http://chongkundang.en.ec21.com/). The collaboration focuses on the development of a new diabetes drug.