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Edinburgh BioQuarter

Edinburgh BioQuarter


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A Global Academic Medical Centre

Edinburgh BioQuarter is Europe’s fastest-growing Academic Medical Centre. Situated three miles from Edinburgh City Centre, the BioQuarter campus brings together two hospitals and four leading research institutes with commercial laboratories and office space for young, growing and established companies.

By 2017, the existing 870-bed Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) will be joined by the 600-bed Royal Sick Children’s Hospital. These primary care hospitals are complemented by the University of Edinburgh Medical School (2002), the Queens’ Medical Research Institute (QMRI, 2004), the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM, 2011), and the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic (2012). In total, there will be some 1,500 hospital beds, 2,000 researchers and 6,000 clinical and support staff at the BioQuarter site by 2017, making this one of the most significant concentrations of medical assets and scientific talent in Europe or globally.

Creating Commercial Opportunities

Brought together in 2010, the BioQuarter commercialisation team creates new companies based on innovative science from the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, fosters new commercial partnerships between industry and BioQuarter partners, and encourages innovation amongst students and researchers in Edinburgh.

Over the past four years the Team has created more than 10 new life sciences businesses, including i2eye Diagnostics Ltd, creators of the world's first visual field analyser for children and vulnerable adults. We've also signed collaborative agreements with world-leading pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for life-threatening conditions, including cancer, fibrosis and acute pancreatitis. Our Annual Innovation Competition has delivered more than 100 new product or business concepts as well as awarding £90,000 in prize money to support some of these innovate concepts. 

Nine: A Commercial Hub for BioQuarter

Opened by HRH the Princess Royal in June 2012, Nine BioQuarter has rapidly established itself as the center for commercial activity at BioQuarter. Picking up twelve tenants in the first nine months since it opened, the center has also hosted BioQuarter’s networking events and its annual conferences on Regenerative Medicine (2012) and Oncology (2013).

Advice and Assistance

Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Scottish Development International (SDI) offer tailored business support for companies locating in the BioQuarter. SDI provides a single point of contact for inward investments, ensuring a seamless passage into Scotland and helps businesses in sourcing financial assistance or developing projects. A wide range of funding options, both public and private is available for tenants. These include innovative support schemes for research and development and for training.


The 100-acre site will ultimately provide more than 500,000 square feet of further academic research space and an additional 900,000 square feet of accommodation for commercial research-based companies.


For further information about BioQuarter go to www.bioquarter.com