DAVID LEE reminds you that a major conference is taking place today (Tuesday 24th) at the National Galleries of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh.

LIFE SCIENCES IN SCOTLAND: REALISING THE MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL will examine the challenges faced by Scotland’s life sciences sector in turning research excellence into tangible economic benefits. Scotland’s life sciences sector is recognised for its great track record in research and development (R&D) and in developing intellectual property. But it is weaker when it comes to getting products to the manufacturing stage.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney will address the issue of how manufacturing capacity can be strengthened in life sciences and other key economic sectors.

Peter Williamson will explain the key role of the NHS as a customer for life sciences products, while delegates will also hear how continuous manufacturing – making products “in a straight line” rather than in a series of different processes – could revolutionise life sciences manufacturing.

The event, sponsored by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and chaired by Scott Johnstone of the Scottish Lifesciences Association, follows a more generic life sciences conference last year.

The conference begins at 8.30am and there is normally a delegate fee of £120.00+VAT. Contact 0131-311-7237.

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