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Edinburgh BioQuarter

Edinburgh BioQuarter is an initiative in the development of Scotland's life sciences industry, which, as of August 2020, employs more than 39,000 people in over 750 organisations.[1]

A community of 8,000 people currently work and study within the boundary of BioQuarter, located on the south side of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, approximately three miles from the city centre.


BioQuarter is a partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh. The site has the University of Edinburgh’s medical research institutes.[2] Its 160-acre site includes the University of Edinburgh Medical School, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

In total, there has been a £600 million investment in capital developments. BioQuarter has generated an estimated £2.72 billion in gross value added[3] from its research, clinical and commercial activities, and a further £320 million from its development.


In 1997, the Scottish Government obtained planning permission for land in the Little France area of Edinburgh for a new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and it was procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract in 1998. This allowed the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh’s Medical School to relocate from their historic sites in Edinburgh city centre.[4]

In 2002, NHS Lothian opened the new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. At the same time, the University of Edinburgh completed its first phase of relocation of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine with the move of medical teaching and research to the adjacent Chancellor’s Building.[5] In 2004, Scottish Enterprise Scotland’s economic development agency, acquired the surrounding land. In 2007, following the completion of a series of land deals that cleared a 55-acre site adjacent to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, they launched the Edinburgh BioQuarter.[6]

In August 2010, British author J.K. Rowling endowed research at BioQuarter with a £10 million gift to create the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in memory of her mother, who died in 1990 from complications related to multiple sclerosis. The clinic was officially opened in October 2013.[7]

The first commercial facility on BioQuarter, the NINE – Life Sciences Innovation Centre, was established in 2012 to house burgeoning spinouts and startup life sciences companies;[8] this was joined in 2016 by commercial modular facilities in the form of BioCube 1 and BioCube 2.


In 2035, BioQuarter was planned to be a "Health Innovation District".[9] It also has plans to expand the city’s tram network to BioQuarter by 2030.[10]

The pipeline of academic and clinical developments includes the Usher Institute[11] (due to open in 2024), the co-location of Biomedical and Medical Teaching and NHS Lothian’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.

Response to COVID-19

In 2022, a multi-million-pound research programme to develop treatments for lung infections such as COVID-19 and future pandemics was announced.[12]


Companies[13] based on Edinburgh BioQuarter include:

See also


  1. ^ "Scotland's life sciences and biotech industry information". Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Rowling gives £10m for MS centre". BBC News. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. ^ Newlands, Emma. "The Big Interview: Anna Stamp, interim programme director, Edinburgh BioQuarter". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh History". Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh from The Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  6. ^ "BioQuarter centre 'worth £350m'". BBC News. BBC. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. ^ "JK Rowling's MS clinic is opened". BBC News. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Leading & Innovative Life Science Companies". Edinburgh Bioquarter. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  9. ^ (24 December 2020). "Health innovation districts: inclusive and inspiring". businessInsider. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  10. ^ lamb, Megan. "City Plan 2030". The City of Edinburgh Council. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  11. ^ "New Usher building celebrates topping out milestone". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Pandemic Science Hub to develop better drugs to fight lung disease | News". Edinburgh Bioquarter. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  13. ^ "Leading & Innovative Life Science Companies". Edinburgh Bioquarter. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  14. ^ "RoslinCT | Case Study". Edinburgh Bioquarter. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Fios Genomics | Case Study". Edinburgh Bioquarter. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  16. ^ "CALCIVIS Launches Unique Device | Case Study". Edinburgh Bioquarter. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  17. ^ "Edinburgh Molecular Imaging - Case Study". Edinburgh Bioquarter. 9 June 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  18. ^ "Galecto develops galectin modulators | Case Study". Edinburgh Bioquarter. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  19. ^ "Edinburgh University spin-out secures £26.6m to treat liver damage". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 26 July 2022.

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