11/20/2017 9:23:51 AM News

Life Science without boundaries

Basf Callanish

Delegates attending The Scotsman Life Science Conference 2017 : Accelerating Growth, driving Innovation, will be shown how innovation is transforming rural healthcare in the Highlands and Islands.

“With almost 100,000 people on 93 inhabited islands, digital health is not just about phones in an emergency or retrieval by helicopter,” says James Cameron, Head of Health and Life Sciences at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

At this conference, significant players in the Scottish life sciences community will examine each of the areas, with a focus on growth, innovation and ambition. How do we create the right business environment for large and small companies to thrive, how do we take products and processes from Scotland into global markets and how do we best harness innovation and commercialisation to drive growth – and how do we do all this sustainably?

Businesses across the Highlands and Islands are developing new health products which are having an impact further afield. Cameron points to the creation by Sitekit in Portree of a digital Redbook to track children’s health and development which has been clinically validated by the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health and is already being rolled out to parents in London.

 HIE has a key role in nurturing these innovations. “We highlight the opportunities in the sector for businesses and then connect them to the wider innovation ecosytem or NHS health market.

“As an organisation, HIE has been around for 50 years and we have always been involved in supporting innovation across all sectors,” Cameron adds. Now there is a very clear commercial focus on helping companies engage with the health and social care avenues. This is made possible with HIE’s close relationship with the Scottish Innovation Centres, Innovate UK and the NHS.

BASF Pharma (Callanish pictured above) produces highly purified omega 3 rich fatty acids. Using patented processing technology and sustainable oil supplies, the products are used in pharmaceutical and dietary supplements, most of which are exported around the world. It has been operating for more than 20 years as a dedicated lipid development plant and can deliver commercial quantities of fatty acids in a variety of forms. The company is a subsidiary of the BASF Group, the world’s largest diversified chemical company.

ESPL Regulatory Consulting based at Vidlin, Shetland provides the pharmaceutical industry with European regulatory affairs consultancy, training and procedural and submission support. Clients are supported by a multidisciplinary team at each phase of any regulatory procedure, from product development, clinical trials or device testing to regulatory affairs and compliance.

Established life science companies like BASF Pharma, Sitekit, ESPL and marine-focused companies like Lallemand Aquapharm, Xanthella  and Glycomar in Oban, make the HIE area an attractive location to other companies in the sector.

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