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Life sciences will benefit from ‘collaborative hub’

Carroll Buxton
Carroll Buxton

The Highlands’ reputation as a hotbed of innovation in life sciences received another boost yesterday.

A relocated “collaborative hub” was officially opened in Inverness as the region targets more businesses looking to benefit from and further reinforce its already strong life sciences credentials.

The fledgling Nexus facility is up and running in Solasta House, the new life sciences building on Inverness Campus, after launching last year in nearby Aurora House.

It was created with the aim of showcasing opportunities for start-ups, new investors and international businesses looking to establish themselves in the Highlands.

Tenants are offered shared workspaces and opportunities to work alongside like-minded businesses.

They also have access to research and academic partners, all close to the NHS Centre for Health Science.

Yesterday’s official opening was timed to coincide with National Co-working Day.

The hot-desking, office and laboratory space is part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)-led and UK Government and EU-backed Northern Innovation Hub programme, aimed at helping smaller firms in the Highland Council area to improve their businesses through innovation.

HIE interim chief executive Carroll Buxton said: “The Highlands is recognised as a key location for life sciences and technology businesses.

“Nexus is part of our long-term commitment to supporting these and other companies in the sector.”

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