University reaches out to biotech

Scientists are hoping to forge new links with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector at a key event taking place today (March 15) at the University of Aberdeen.

The institution is staging a Connecting with Industry showcase which will bring together researchers and representatives of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies from across the UK.

The event - the second of its kind - has been organised by the Industrial Liaison Group of the University’s College of Life Sciences and Medicine and is taking place at the Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr Heather Wallace, Chair of the Industrial Liaison Group, said: “Our first Connecting with Industry event was a great success bringing together key people from academia and industry.  The event today will focus on regenerative medicine and drug discovery and will again bring together the commercial and academic sides of science.”

Speakers at today event includes from researchers working in the fields of stem cells; the development of synthetic bone, medical technologies and marine based drug discovery.

There will also be presentations from representatives of the University’s Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics; the Scottish Lifesciences Association; Signal Pharma, ImmunoSolv Ltd and Scottish Biologics Facilities.

Dr Wallace added: "Scotland is a centre of world class research in the life sciences and to remain internationally competitive in the current climate we must provide global companies easy access to our academic talent.  Events such as this showcase are designed to provide those vital networking opportunities.”