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A Journey of Discovery

History of BioQuarter

Led by Edinburgh’s formidable healthcare legacy, BioQuarter has been advancing from day one.

Informed and inspired by Edinburgh’s rich history of health and life sciences breakthroughs, BioQuarter will lead the city’s future achievements in these fields.  Based in the Little France area of Edinburgh, BioQuarter’s sharp development from 100 acres of farmland to a leading health and science park has been remarkable.


2002

The University of Edinburgh Medical School

Chancellor’s Building

The world-leading Edinburgh Medical School moves to the £40m Chancellor’s Building (opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh) at Little France

With over 700 medical students, it is connected to the ‘new’ Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by a series of corridors. The medical school is associated with numerous illustrious alumni including Nobel prize winners in Physiology, Medicine and Chemistry.

2003

The 'new'

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

The £184m, 800-bed Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh opens its doors to patients and is proclaimed to be the “finest modern hospital in Europe.

Providing a range of specialist medical and surgical services, clinical trials facilities and the busiest Emergency Department in Scotland. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was established in 1729 and is the oldest voluntary hospital in Scotland.

2010

The Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI)

A world-class clinical research facility, the University of Edinburgh’s Queen’s Medical Research Institute opens at the site.

With four strategic Centres addressing major disease challenges in Cardiovascular Science, Inflammation Research, Regenerative Medicine and Reproductive Health.

2010

Clinical Research Imaging Centre (CRIC)

The Clinical Research Imaging Centre (CRIC) opens in the QMRI.

A partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian – comprising state-of-the-art facilities, including 3T MRI, 320-slice MDCT, 128-mCT-PET, Radiochemistry and cyclotron facilities and an image analysis laboratory. CRIC is now known as Edinburgh Imaging.

2011

MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

£54m cutting-edge stem cell research centre opens.

The University of Edinburgh’s MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind and provides accommodation for up to 250 stem cell scientists. Director, Professor Charles French-Constant, said: “Recent research into stem cells has heralded the beginning of a revolution in modern medicine.”

2012

NINE

Edinburgh BioQuarter’s first commercial facility, NINE, provides 85,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space for young, growing and established life sciences companies

Jointly funded by Scottish Enterprise and the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Scottish Enterprise’s Senior Director for Life Sciences, Rhona Allison said: “We’re positive about the significant development this building represents for Scotland’s entire life sciences sector and what it means for BioQuarter.”

2013

Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic was established with a donation from author J.K. Rowling.

The Clinic is named after the author’s mother, who died of multiple sclerosis aged 45. Ms Rowling donated £10m to establish the Clinic in her mother’s name. Researchers at the Clinic study progressive neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, dementias and Parkinson’s disease.

2016

The Centre for Dementia Prevention (NINE A)

Scottish Enterprise’s building NINE A opens and is home to the newly established Centre for Dementia Prevention.

Led by the University of Edinburgh and Janssen R&D, its CHARIOT (Cognitive Health in Ageing Register: Investigational, Observational, and Trial) study will work to understand the disease from its earliest stages and develop new treatments.

2017

Edinburgh BioQuarter Collaboration Agreement

Four major public sector organisations come together behind a new plan to develop Edinburgh BioQuarter.

The agreement sees the City of Edinburgh Council joining NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and The University of Edinburgh as official partners. This will see the development of a campus-wide approach which involves building links between academics, scientists, clinicians, healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs.

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