Lanarkshire is home to a growing Life Sciences and Medical Technologies Sector, with 35 companies, employing a total of 4,700 people. Four of Scotland's Top Ten medical technology companies chose to locate amongst our thriving and growing community of life science specialists. Key employers include Biosil Ltd, Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Ltd, Haemonetics UK Ltd, Organon, Oticon, PPD Inc, Provis Ltd and Wallace Cameron.
A key driver for the location of life science and medical device companies in Lanarkshire is the availability of labour and skills. The emergent skills base is directly correlated to the growing concentration of life science companies locally and the supply of graduates from nearby universities and further education colleges. Scotland produces around 60,000 new graduates each year with qualifications suited to medical technology i.e. medicine, biological sciences, veterinary science, physical sciences, mathematics, information technology and engineering.
Lanarkshire offers skilled labour, flexible accommodation, and a dedicated Medipark, beautifully and centrally situated within Strathclyde Business Park, home to a number of life science companies and even the industry's membership body, Medical Devices in Scotland (MDIS).
Innovation - The Medipark
Strathclyde Business Park is home to Lanarkshire's dedicated Medipark, providing bespoke accomodation for a thriving Life Sciences and Medical Technologies Sector in Lanarkshire where international businesses and local companies work side by side to research and manufacture world-class products and services. It is also home to the industry's membership body, Medical Devices in Scotland (MDIS).
- Lanarkshire's strength in medical technologies is centred on diagnostics, wound care, implants, disposables, ophthalmic and imaging.
- Key specialisms in Lanarkshire include the development of pharmaceutical products based on hydrogel technology, human implants (both medical and cosmetic) and blood transfusion kits with a focus on the red blood cells.
- Lanarkshire is experiencing strong employment growth in roles that include clinical study design, clinical management, data collection and processing, biostatistical analysis and product registration support.