Identified a key sector for economic growth by the Scottish government, the Highlands has embraced and facilitated the sector with great success. Beginning in 2009 with the opening of the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, this facility was designed with the aim of providing a centre for research in the sector, fostering new and existing businesses and teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals.
With the centre now close to capacity the newly opened Inverness Campus, adjacent to the centre, is the next area for growth. Designated an Enterprise Area for Life Sciences and comprising of over 200 Acres, The Inverness Campus is poised to become a significant contributor to the Life Sciences industry across business, research and education. The Inverness Campus has plots available for both research activities in Life Sciences and for SMEs.
In addition to these facilities, located next door is Lifescan Scotland (a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson Plc), which specialises in Diabetes testing equipment and research. Lifescan are the largest life sciences employer in the UK and have invested heavily in the Highlands, with research centres at the Centre for Health Science and involvement in the education system of the Highlands promoting careers in the industry.