A Renowned Life Sciences Hub

Published: 23 August 2018



Edinburgh is at the centre of Europe’s life sciences community, with research facilities widely regarded as among the best in the world. Here, you will find seven specialist science parks, including Edinburgh BioQuarter; the Roslin Institute; the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus; and, Pentlands Science Park.

A life sciences hub, the city leads the way in research and innovation in the fields of human and animal health, agritech and related technologies. The city is home to business professionals and academics who are all experts in their field. That makes the city a unique environment, where international colleagues across the sector can come together to further their knowledge and witness the latest advances in the field.

Edinburgh has been the epicentre of some of the world’s best-known achievements in life sciences; it is a city of firsts:

  • Sir Alexander Fleming discovered and produced the world’s first antibiotic substance, Penicillin, in Edinburgh in 1928
  • Dolly the Sheep, born at the Roslin Institute in 1996, was the first ever mammal to be cloned from an adult cell
  • The world’s first bionic arm was developed in Edinburgh – fitted to Campbell Aird in 1998, he appeared in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘man with the most successful false arm’

With investment in the sector at an all-time high, and more major players now based in Edinburgh than ever before, we can look forward to more life-changing innovation for many years to come.

With the help of organisations across the city, Convention Edinburgh recently showcased the city’s vast strengths in the life sciences sector as part of VisitScotland’s national Legends campaign. Have a look at some of the key movers and shakers in human health, animal health and agriculture within Edinburgh:


                     Edinburgh BioQuarter                                              Genome Foundry 

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         Royal Zoological Society of Scotland                        Roslin Innovation Centre 

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             Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh                         Moredun Research Institute 

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Edinburgh Napier University 

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