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Home to one of the largest concentrations of life scientists in the UK

Aberdeen has world-renowned research institutions within the Life Sciences industry, including the James Hutton Institute, world-leading research institute for land, crops, water and the environment.

There are also nationally recognised enterprises based in Aberdeen; Novabiotics Ltd, which was named Investment of the Year at the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards, whilst Ripptide Pharma Ltd was awarded Innovation of the Year at the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards in 2015.

In 2015, there were 900 people employed within Life Science industries in the Aberdeen City Region, within 60 Enterprises. Life Science industries in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire contributed £39.9million Gross Value Added to the Scottish economy in 2012.



Bio-Therapeutic Hub for Innovation

The Bio-Therapeutic Hub for Innovation is a £40million project to realise the potential of and accelerate growth in the Life Sciences industry in the North East of Scotland.

The investment over 10 years will build on the strength of existing companies in the region, including Novabiotics, 4d Pharma and Elasmogen and the world-class research base within the University of Aberdeen; Robert Gordon University; the Rowett Institute; and the James Hutton Institute.

The Hub will create a vibrant Life Sciences cluster and a supportive ecosystem to accelerate the number of spin-outs, new starts and growth companies, capitalising on our regional assets and the strong collaborative links – the triple helix of clinical, commercial and academic researchers – on the Foresterhill Health campus, Europe’s largest integrated medical, research and teaching location.

The Hub will provide a focal point and space for industry to collaborate and innovate in creating the next generation of products and therapies in known areas of strength across biotherapeutics; modern epidemics (including dementia, obesity, and diabetes); medtech; diagnostics; and nutrition.

The project has been developed by Opportunity North East (ONE), Scottish Enterprise, NHS Grampian, the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and industry, led by the ONE Life Sciences Board.

The Hub will build on the strengths of the region and contribute to the delivery of the Scottish and UK Life Sciences Strategies and UK Industrial Strategy.

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