Dundee is the location of one of the UK's most exciting and dynamic biomedical and life sciences communities in the UK, boasting a larger medical research complex than the National Institute for Medical Research in London. With world-class companies, universities, research institutes and scientists all operating within a three mile radius, Dundee offers a wide range of expertise from drug discovery, through medical devices and diagnostics, to ag-biotech and environmental biotechnology.
Research in Dundee benefits from a wealth of experience from around the world, as international academics and leading life sciences companies work closely together in the city to turn research into commercial enterprise.
Around 20% of Scotland's life sciences companies are based in or around Dundee, making it a major player in the UK and European life sciences industry.
With 22 core life sciences companies, a similar number of support organisations, and an internationally renowned academic sector, Dundee currently employs over 4000 people in the sector, accounting for 16% of the local economy.
A key factor in Dundee's rapid rise to the status of a life sciences hub is the close relationship between academic institutions, private companies and the public sector.
Dundee has two leading universities involved in life sciences, The University of Dundee and the University of Abertay Dundee, as well as the James Hutton Institute, the UK's leading facility for agricultural research. Dundee is also home to one of Scotland’s leading technical colleges - Dundee and Angus College - offering our industrial partners customised training for the life sciences sector.
Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside (AHSP)
AHSP Tayside was established by the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside. AHSP aims to create an environment with increased opportunity for industrial engagement. AHSP acts as a single point of contact for collaborations, strategic partnerships and to identify, support and develop new relationships, facilitate knowledge exchange and opportunities with both industry and major research funders. One of AHSP's most important goals is to further develop and maintain an “environment where industry finds it easy to establish collaborative partnerships with both the University and NHS Tayside”.
School of Life Sciences
The School of Life Sciences is internationally recognised as one of the fastest growing and most productive research institutes in Europe.
The academic and support staff and research-student numbers have increased by an average of 5% each year since 2001. With the highest number of citations-per-paper for biological sciences in Europe (2013 and 2014 QS World University Rankings), over £100 million of research income in 2013 and nearly 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, the College enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities.
There are over 80 research groups at the college and 13% of publications in the past 5 years have been collaborations between two or more groups
.Some of the world-class technologies and distinguishing features of CLS include:
• Advanced Quantitative Proteomics
• Advanced Light Microscopy
• Early Stage Drug Discovery
• Enterprise-level High-Performance Computing
• Extensive interactions with industry
• Active and independent (but financially and administratively supported) Post-Graduate and Post-Doctoral Associations
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