Scotland is home to one of the largest life science clusters in Europe and West Lothian has developed into a uniquely successful location for the sector with Life Sciences and technical professionals accounting for 4,300 local jobs.
Expertise in Research and Development is close at hand due to the proximity of nine universities as is the availability of a skilled young workforce, dynamic affordable premises and excellent transport links.
Life Sciences is a diverse sector with a wide range of activity including discovery, research, development, manufacturing, diagnostics; medical devices and platform technologies as well as specialist support services. In West Lothian, there are over 40 biotechnology, life science and support companies that generate turnover in excess of £150 million.
Major companies in the area include Valneva, Merck Millipore, Q2 Solutions, and Catalent Pharma Solutions. Given its successful background in the area, it is hardly surprising that Life Sciences in West Lothian has the potential for 10% growth by 2023.
Valneva is a speciality vaccine company focused on preventing diseases with major unmet needs.
Valneva’s portfolio includes two commercial vaccines for travellers and unique vaccines in development against Lyme disease, chikungunya and COVID-19. Valneva is present in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the US with over 500 employees.
Q2 Solutions is a leading global clinical trial laboratory services organisation focused on ADME, bioanalytical, genomics, and vaccines.
At Q2 Solutions, our work is rooted in research, grounded in collaboration, and guided by our passion to turn the hopes of patients and caregivers around the world into the help they need.
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