Sector Insights

The Highlands and Islands are at the Forefront of the Life Sciences Sector

The Life Sciences sector plays an important role in the Highlands & Islands economy. Highlands and Islands Enterprise has plans for a £4.5 million Life Sciences Centre at Inverness Campus, which is being designed specifically to cater to life sciences and technology companies and further enhance the expertise in the area.

Published: 20/02/2018

The new building - to be called Solasta House - will include a mix of offices and laboratories and will be a twin to the existing Aurora House, which is home to a range of companies including Aqua Pharma, 4C Engineering, Interactive Health, Corporate Health, and Aseptium. 

It was the opportunity to be part of this growing cluster of life sciences businesses that led to Aseptium relocating to the Highlands in order to be able to work in an environment conducive to research and development.

Visit our blog to find out more about Aseptium’s work and the successful placement of ScotGrad and Mechanical Engineering graduate Jonathan Fairfoull.  


ScotGrad has seen a growing number of Science placement successes:

Strathclyde graduate snapped up by life science SME

A summer internship through the Scottish Life Sciences Internship Progamme helped Nicole Jackson to take her first steps towards a career in the sector.

The role at Collagen Solutions - a small company that makes collagen for medical devices – led to a full-time position when Nicole graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Immunology and Pharmacology.

Forensic Science graduate breaks into innovative sector

After graduating with an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Strathclyde funded through the IBioIC, Craig Allan started his ScotGrad placement as a Paint & Coatings Technician with CelluComp based in Burntisland. During his placement, Craig was given the perfect opportunity to develop his lab based skills through his involvement in the research and development of how Curran®, the main product produced by CelluComp, could significantly improve paint properties. 

ScotGrad Alumni elected IChemE Associate Member

Jamie Finlayson started his career through ScotGrad at impact solutions after completing his BEng Hons Chemical Engineering degree at The University of Edinburgh. He was soon promoted to Process Engineer where he played his part in project managing the new build of impact’s BOSS system.  

His role at impact solutions propelled his election as an IChemE Associate Member setting him on a journey towards Chartered Membership, the gold standard qualification for professionals working within the chemical, biochemical, and process engineering industries.

Where could a placement take you? Search for student summer placements in the Life Sciences now: Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme. Check your eligibility.