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MediCity to create 350 jobs

Incubator launches medical technology unit

Diane Harbison BioCityBioCity Scotland, the life sciences incubator in Lanarkshire, will today launch a medical technology facility that is expected to become home to about 50 new healthcare businesses.

MediCity, which is due to open at the BioCity Scotland campus in October, will create a cluster of entrepreneurs, clinicians, developers, innovators and investors to promote MedTech opportunities.

Partners will include Scottish Universities, NHS Scotland, and large and small companies.  It is expected to create about 350 jobs over the next five years.

The proposals for MediCity will be discussed by BioCity Scotland’s managing director, Dr Diane Harbison (pictured), at a sell-out event that aims to encourage and inspire entrepreneurs.

The Venturing Ahead: Turbocharging Entrepreneurs conference is an official feeder event to Venturefest Scotland, a new annual event that aims to harness Scotland’s innovative ideas and creative thinking in order to turn them into real business opportunities. Venturefest Scotland takes place at Glasgow Science Centre on 9 September.

Dr Harbison said: “I hope that today’s event will really inspire everyone who attends, and that maybe one day in the not too distant future some of our attendees could be leading exciting new life sciences or MedTech companies of their own.

“Life sciences is a key growth sector of the Scottish economy and is set to double in size in the next five years, so there is so much potential for young companies to thrive, especially in a supportive incubator environment like we have here at BioCity Scotland.

“I am also greatly looking forward to the forthcoming launch of MediCity Scotland later this year. MediCity will follow a similar clustering model to the one already successfully in action here at BioCity. One of the benefits of clustering similar businesses together is that it leads to a higher survival rate – for example, businesses at BioCity Nottingham have a 91% survival rate, which is fantastic.”

Today’s event sold out weeks in advance thanks to an impressive line-up of speakers and panellists who have made a commercial success of their innovative ideas. Speakers include Richard Weaver, founder of fast-growing contract research organisation Xenogesis and David Lightbody, chief executive of BioGelx, a biomaterials company based at BioCity Scotland.

Mr Lightbody said: “It is a privilege to have been asked to speak at today’s event and I am looking forward to some lively discussion on the issues that are currently affecting Scottish entrepreneurs. Biogelx has experienced significant growth recently and we’re already expanding into overseas markets, so hopefully our story will inspire others and demonstrate the benefits of the invaluable support we’ve received from BioCity Scotland.”

Since its launch in 2012, BioCity Scotland has quickly become the focal point for Scotland’s life science industry. BioCity provides high spec laboratories and office space, as well as access to expertise, finance and a community of like-minded people, making it a hothouse for biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare businesses to start up and thrive.

To find out more about BioCity Scotland and MediCity Scotland, visit http://www.biocity.co.uk

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