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Life sciences

Life sciences involves the scientific study of living organisms such as humans, animals and plants, and includes industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical research and medical technologies.

The life sciences sector is an important contributor to Scotland's economy, providing more than 30,000 jobs across more than 600 life sciences organisations.

As well as providing economic benefits, the life sciences sector contributes to improving the health and medical care of people and animals in Scotland and worldwide.

Life sciences is identified as a growth sector in our Economic Strategy, indicating our commitment to nurture and grow Scotland's life sciences sector.

Life Sciences Scotland

Life Sciences Scotland (LSS) is the Industry Leadership Group (ILG) for Scotland's life sciences sector. Its members include Scottish Ministers, as well as life sciences leaders from industry, academia, trade bodies, the NHS and our Enterprise agencies.

LSS meets three times a year and provides the opportunity for Scottish Ministers to understand key issues affecting the life sciences sector, and to work on ensuring the industry's continued success in Scotland.

Life Sciences Strategy

LSS is responsible for developing and implementing the Scottish Life Sciences Strategy and 2020 vision, which it manages through various work streams and subgroups as required.

The strategy aims to double the size of Scotland's life sciences sector by 2020, raising turnover from £3.1 to £6.2 billion and increasing its contribution to the Scottish economy from £1.5 to £3 billion Gross Value-Added.

Supporting life sciences businesses

We provide support to life science businesses primarily through our enterprise agencies:

Additional support is available for life science businesses that choose to locate at our Life Sciences Enterprise Area sites.