Scotland has a centuries-long track record of inventing and pioneering medical advances. From the ground-breaking use of surgical anesthesia with Chloroform, to the invention of the saline drip, the hypodermic syringe and the MRI body scanner, Scots have been at the forefront of medical and surgical innovation.
The strengths of Scotland’s universities’ medical research are well documented. Strathclyde’s Institute of Medical Devices offers the only UK postdoctoral training course in medical technologies, and it’s relatively easy to for companies to gain access to clinical skills and excellence – including the NHS, the world’s biggest healthcare delivery organisation and Scotland’s single healthcare provider. Supplementing this are several innovation and excellence centres helping to drive collaboration between Scotland’s universities and med-tech companies.
Scotland’s support to Medical Companies
Scotland provides a supportive and collaborative environment for ambitious medical companies to flourish. The Glasgow City deal led to the development of Medicity in Newhouse and University of Glasgow’s Clinical Innovation Zone – where industry space is fully integrated into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; the largest acute medical facility in Europe. Edinburgh’s BioQuarter site provides similar facilities in Edinburgh and provides opportunities for academia, industry and clinical staff to integrate effectively.
Under the wider life sciences umbrella, Scotland is home to a vibrant and burgeoning med-tech community. The med-tech sector has enjoyed a growth rate of 8% per annum over the last decade and is made up of more than 250 companies in Scotland employing in excess of 9,000 people. Whilst technology is essential to the development of the next generation of healthcare, people play an equally important role.
Scotland’s Strength in Convergent Technologies
Furthermore, Scotland’s strength in convergent technologies– from micro and nanotechnology, physics and photonics to materials and technical textiles, electronics and specialised software solutions – provides a wealth of opportunities for partnering and collaboration. Based in Dundee, IMSaT is an interdisciplinary institute for future medical technologies positioned at the interface of physics, engineering with clinical and life sciences. It hosts GE’s First European Centre of Excellence for Pre-Clinical Image-Guided Interventions and Surgery.
Building on convergent technology opportunities, the University of Glasgow’s ambitions to establish a world leading precision medicine hub at the Queen Elizabeth hospital site extend beyond genomics. The Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) is home to Scotland’s only ultra-high resolution 7 Tesla MRI scanner – the first of its kind to be fully integrated within a clinical site in the UK – underpinned by world-leading clinical academic expertise in stroke, brain imaging and cardiovascular disease.
Working with Scotland’s world leading researchers and extensive patient data, many national research charities have developed a significant presence in Scotland. Heart attacks send almost 200,000 people in the UK to the hospital every year with 180 people dying from heart attacks each day. These frightening statistics are why the British Heart Foundations runs a number of investigative studies in Scotland. Thanks to this research and advances in treatment, seven in ten heart attack victims can go home to their families, but there is still much more to do. That’s why Eden Scott is proud to support the BHF and its pioneering research. For every CV uploaded to the Eden Scott website in January 2019 we will donate £1 to the British Heart Foundation’s school STEM tour – a programme designed to ensure Scotland’s world-class research is continued by inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.