The life sciences sector is a significant part of the economy of North East Scotland, with more than 2,500 people employed in the company and research base, contributing £160m Gross Value Added (GVA).* In Scottish terms 22% of all employment in life sciences research and development in biotechnology companies is based in the Aberdeen area.

The international growth potential of biotherapeutics has led to life sciences being identified as a priority economic sector in Scotland. Life sciences companies in the region have attracted £175m investment in the last five years and the academic base has attracted almost £250m in research funding.

North East Scotland has key enabling assets, which play an important part in the success of biotherapeutics, including NHS Grampian, Centre for Healthcare and Randomised Trials, Scottish Biologics Facility, world renowned research institutes and industry to commercialise products. There have also been several high profile spin-outs, which have attracted international investment and awards.

Opportunity North East (ONE) is investing in the specialist support required to encourage the growth of established and new life sciences businesses in our region and to ensure that they can continue to grow here. Our aim is to double the number of companies in the life sciences cluster by 2027.

We work with life sciences companies and partners to build on our globally recognised strength in high value healthcare research and development, specialising in biotherapeutics for modern epidemics. We are supporting the development of the first Bio Hub in North East Scotland, providing space for start-up businesses, specialist shared facilities and support services, as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal, a partnership between ONE, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

*Source: Biggar Economics 2014: Aberdeen City and Shire Life Sciences Framework for Growth

Sector Board

ONE’s life sciences sector board comprises:

Professor Stephen Logan
Jennifer Craw
Professor Maggie Cruickshank
NHS Grampian
Professor Paul Hagan
Robert Gordon University
Dr Deborah O’Neil
Dr Carol Phillips
Professor Andy Porter
University of Aberdeen
Dr Liz Rattray
University of Aberdeen
Professor Cherry Wainwright
Robert Gordon University

We catalyse partnership working and co-investment from the private and public sectors to safeguard and create new jobs