Building healthier futures – New Usher Building at Edinburgh BioQuarter

Members of the HISES team from Lothian, Borders and Fife attended an exhibition and networking event hosted at the Edinburgh BioQuarter last month. Sam, Joy, and Neil even had the opportunity to get their hard hats, high vis vests and steel toe cap boots on and enjoy a tour of the new Usher building development, currently under construction.

The project is a key component of the Data-Driven Innovation initiative, a major part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and is funded by a collaboration between the UK Government, Scottish Government, and the University of Edinburgh.

Due to open in 2024, the new Usher building will co-locate the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh with a community of partners from the public, private and third sectors – including small and medium-sized enterprises and health and care providers – working on the shared purpose of developing data-enabled solutions to benefit health and wellbeing.

The building forms part of a growing health innovation district at Edinburgh BioQuarter, backed by the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh.

The event included an informative exhibition celebrating the new Usher building and what it means for the future of health and care across the region and beyond.

Putting data at the centre of responses to health and social care system challenges is crucial to improving services through research, innovation and planning. The exhibition focused on projects and activity led by those at the Usher, which aim to drive advances in health and social care through the application of data science. This will include insight into our world-leading research on COVID-19 and a showcase of the DataLoch service developed in partnership with NHS Lothian.

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