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Life sciences industry in Scotland
Latest stats and facts on Scotland's life sciences industry. Published February 2021.
One of the largest life sciences clusters in Europe, Scotland is home to a range of multinationals and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a strong track record of creating and growing startups.
Scotland has comprehensive supply chains and world class manufacturing expertise supplying chemical and healthcare equipment, pharmaceutical services, medicines, vaccines and diagnostics to the world.
The cluster continues its rapid expansion building on a strong industry base, leading universities with a thriving entrepreneurial culture and close collaborations across industry, academia, the National Health Service and government.
Scottish life sciences stats
660 companies and 96 educational/research institutions (2018)
1.5% of Scotland's total employment (2018)
1.8% of Scotland's GVA (2018)
3.5% of Scotland's total international exports (2018)
23.3% of Scotland's BERD (2018)
Life sciences organisations surveyed between August and December 2020
83% impact of Covid-19
40% accessing finance and investment
60% developing new products/services
17% improving internal business capability