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Scotland is home to one of the largest life science clusters in Europe and West Lothian has developed into a uniquely successful location for the sector with Life Sciences and technical professionals accounting for 4,300 local jobs.

Expertise in Research and Development is close at hand due to the proximity of nine universities as is the availability of a skilled young workforce, dynamic affordable premises and excellent transport links.

Life Sciences is a diverse sector with a wide range of activity including discovery, research, development, manufacturing, diagnostics; medical devices and platform technologies as well as specialist support services. In West Lothian, there are over 40 biotechnology, life science and support companies that generate turnover in excess of £150 million.

Major companies in the area include Valneva, Merck Millipore, Q2 Solutions, and Catalent Pharma Solutions. Given its successful background in the area, it is hardly surprising that Life Sciences in West Lothian has the potential for 10% growth by 2023.

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