Science Squared, R-Biomedical and Marks and Clerk have opened facilities at the innovation park
Three life sciences firms have taken space at Edinburgh BioQuarter.
Specialist research companies Science Squared, R-Biomedical and Marks and Clerk have all opened facilities at the innovation park today, taking the total number of businesses based in the park to 10.
Today’s expansion means the life sciences provision at the BioQuarter – based at Nine, a flagship multi-occupancy building for early stage and established life sciences companies – has grown by more than a third in the last month alone
First Minister Alex Salmond made the announcement today during a visit to the BioQuarter, describing it as “a significant boost for a sector that is growing jobs and economic opportunities in Scotland”.
He added it was further proof of “Scotland’s growing reputation for excellence in life sciences”.
Salmond said: “These three businesses represent a growing trend for life sciences companies to locate/set up in Scotland.
“Here at Nine at the BioQuarter, they bring the total number of specialist life science businesses up 30 per cent in one day.
“Science Squared, R-Biomedical and Marks and Clerk are at the cutting edge of an industry where Scotland excels internationally, and where our academics work with business to maximise the commercial and medical possibilities from research.
“Their opening at BioQuarter increases the concentration of life sciences companies at Edinburgh’s centre of excellence, and it represents a significant boost for a sector that is growing jobs and economic opportunities in Scotland.
“It follows an expansion at BioQuarter by Swedish company Molnlycke, just six months after they moved in.
“These developments are further proof, if any were needed, of Scotland’s growing reputation for excellence in life sciences.”
Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, added: "Our ambition for Edinburgh BioQuarter to become one of the world's leading hubs for life sciences innovation is fast becoming a reality.
“In just nine months since it officially opened, more than half of the space of the Nine incubator has already been taken over by innovative life sciences companies.
"Scotland's life sciences industry already contributes more than £3 billion a year to the Scottish economy with over 650 organisations employing in excess of 32,000 people and we need to look at how we continue to build on its success.
“Edinburgh BioQuarter is one of the industry's flagship projects and will ensure we have the right infrastructure in place to support ambitious Scottish life sciences companies at all stages of development as well as attract major international corporations to Scotland."