Edinburgh bioQuarter

At the heart of BioQuarter’s mission is to embrace and contribute to the next innovations in healthcare practice; to translate groundbreaking research and discoveries into new treatments and cures that will change people’s lives.

As a place where industry meets first-rate academics, clinical practitioners and medical innovators we will continue attracting eager investors and tenants. And by utilising data-driven innovation and strategic commercialisation activities, BioQuarter will deliver significant social, cultural and economic benefits to Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK, and life-enhancing health advances to the world.



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The Academic and Clinical Central Office for Research and Development (ACCORD) is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian Health Board. NHS Lothian has an excellent international reputation for its clinical research activities, while Edinburgh University is Scotland’s top-ranked research institution and one of the UK’s leading research universities.

By drawing together key research management staff from these organisations, ACCORD provides streamlined access to professional advice, expert regulatory support and world class clinical research infrastructure. We support researchers and commercial companies throughout the UK and internationally to conduct their clinical research. This partnership is underpinned by the first joint Research Framework Agreement in Scotland.





CSO is part of the Scottish Government Health Directorates. Our vision is to support and increase the level of high-quality health research conducted in Scotland. This is for the health and financial benefits of our population so that Scotland is recognised globally as a ‘come to place’ for health science.

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Scottish Health Innovations Ltd

SHIL encourages ideas and innovations from healthcare professionals then uses well-established processes and extensive experience to assess, protect, develop and commercialise – working collaboratively each step of the way.

Translating innovative products from original idea to widespread adoption requires a range of skills, many of which are not readily available within each individual health board. Skills such as assessing ideas, product development and prototypes, regulatory advice, protecting intellectual property, raising finance, building a business, sales and marketing. SHIL adds value to NHS Scotland as a dedicated, team working with healthcare professionals across the country to accelerate the development of ideas and projects to improve patient care.




Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s national economic development agency. We’re committed to growing the Scottish economy for the benefit of all, helping create more quality jobs and a brighter future for every region.



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Scotland Can Do

The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund is a national fund which supports Scottish public sector organisations to find and develop innovative solutions to operational service and policy delivery challenges.

The fund is managed by a partnership of Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council. The aims of the fund are to:

Find solutions for societal and service delivery challenges faced by the public sector
Improve public service quality and reduce delivery costs
Boost Scotland’s innovation and economic development performance





We have designed The Health Innovation Assessment Portal (HIAP-Scotland) to encourage prospective providers of new and/or innovative products and solutions to put them forward. This will allow NHSScotland to assess how the solution might support NHSScotland’s strategic aims, and what the associated costs and benefits would be. This initiative forms part of the response to the Scottish Government’s ‘Statement of Intent for Health and Wealth’. For further information please refer to the HIAP-Scotland Innovators Guide.

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