Q² Solutions is a global human data sciences company specialising in clinical trials and laboratory services. The firm has a focus on using data and science to help healthcare clients find better solutions for their patients. The business is an established and valued STEM employer of over 1,000 staff at its Livingston HQ - they are Scotland's largest life sciences firm.
The business can trace its origins back to 1977 when they were known as Syntex, a spin-out from Heriot-Watt University. Following acquisition by the American Quintiles Corporation, the business moved to Livingston in 1999. Expansion followed and in 2009, the company chose to invest in purpose-built facilities on the Alba Campus.
The Livingston laboratories on the Alba Campus HQ today process four million biological samples from clinical trials across the world, every year. Q² Solutions is now the fourth largest sciences employer in the UK, with a team of 3,800 employees working across the UK. To deliver all this, Q² Solutions has invested in more than 50,000 sq. ft of additional space on the current site. The capital commitment of this is estimated at over £10 million. The business has also invested a further £700,000 in additional staff training. The Jobs Task Force awarded £200,000 towards this project. This will help further upskill staff through accredited training. The staff benefiting from the training represent many roles at the Livingston HQ including science technicians, quality control, process improvement, IT and exporting.
Graeme Cox, Director, Pre-Analytical, Q² Solutions said:
"Q² Solutions, long-term investment in West Lothian is creating a further 250 high-value roles. These opportunities will be available for school leavers, college and university graduates, and people retraining/upskilling in the life sciences sector. All this points to long-term sustainable and inclusive growth in West Lothian's burgeoning life sciences sector."
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