Scotland has a long-established and enviable global reputation for developing and applying the latest advances in medical technology. From James Simpsons early experiments in anaesthesia, to Joseph Listers discovery of antibiotics, and Ian Donalds pioneering work in ultrasound imaging, technologies and techniques pioneered and tested in Scotland have changed the world; and our place in it.
Today, the inheritors of that proud tradition are applying new thinking and new technologies to extend and improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. Scottish med-tech success stories in the past decade include:
- The development of the first scanning laser ophthalmoscope, to provide enhanced clinical information to detect diseases of the retina
- The worlds first commercially available multi-articulated prosthetic hand
- A portable unit to treat skin cancer using light therapy
- A video-enabled laryngoscope to simplify intubation
- The creation of a mesh that improves the outcome of surgery for female patients with pelvic health problems
- Pioneering new techniques and tools for keyhole surgery.
These global firsts are already changing and improving lives.
Scotland is made for Med Tech and is home to a large and vibrant medtech industry encompassing more than 250 companies and over 9,000 people. The sector has enjoyed a growth rate of 8% per annum over the last decade – clear evidence of the ambition of this thriving and connected community. Success stems from a globally recognised research community, an outstanding reputation for innovation, a collaborative clinical base and a highly skilled and flexible workforce.
A key driver of Scotlands success across the MedTech landscape is Scottish Development Internationals relentless focus on aiding and enabling collaboration, bringing together world-class expertise from academia, industry and Scotlands NHS.
From small, cross-disciplinary teams, to a range of innovation centres – where like-minded researchers can share their knowledge, skills and insights – Scotland is ahead of the pack when it comes to developing and sharing ground-breaking medical technology.
Furthermore, Scotland provides a fully comprehensive supply chain for product development, design and prototyping, through to manufacturing, supply and distribution. It also has facilitated access to the healthcare system in Medical Devices and Diagnostics through a Health Innovation Partnership. Many innovative start- ups in Scotland benefit from access to local risk capital and bolster the Scottish economy by bringing cutting-edge technologies to market.
Scottish Development International (SDI) works to attract inward investment and knowledge to Scotland and assists Scottish companies to maximise their export potential in international markets. Our services are delivered through our 30 offices in 20 countries around the world, Düsseldorf being our German presence.
SDI is jointly operated by the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise - Scotland's Economic Development Agency. SDI is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland.
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