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Scotland Showcased at BIO as Dynamic, Global Life Sciences Hub
Date:6/16/2008

Unprecedented collaboration between industry, academia, government and

health providers draws dozens of life science companies and contract

research organizations to Scotland

SAN DIEGO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The unique connectivity, talent and collaboration that has attracted many of the world's leading life sciences companies to Scotland in recent years will be on show at BIO 2008 in San Diego, California this week.

As pharmaceutical, biotechnology and research outsourcing companies search globally for new technologies, promising research and production expertise, Scottish researchers, industry leaders and government representatives will be at BIO to promote the nation's integrated and dynamic life sciences strategy that is built on strengths in scientific excellence and Scotland's world-class research base.

"Scotland's wealth of cutting-edge technology, internationally renowned talent, and unique industry, government and academic collaboration offer life sciences companies a truly supportive and entrepreneurial environment to efficiently and effectively grow their business," said Rhona Allison, senior director of life sciences for Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's economic development and innovation agency. "Many of the worlds leading life sciences companies are finding a welcoming and productive home in Scotland and we want to encourage more organizations to become part of Scotland's vibrant and growing life sciences sector."

Recent large-scale investments from multi-national life science companies and many of the world's leading CROs, including Quintiles, Aptuit, Charles River Laboratories, ICON and PPD Development, indicate that Scotland is poised to play a significant role in the growing market for outsourced clinical research, currently estimated at $14 billion.

The country currently has more than 600 life science organizations and is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment for vi
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