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The Strength and Scope to Succeed

Our Partners

Four influential public sector partners back Edinburgh BioQuarter: the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh.

Each partner brings formidable experience and expertise in areas crucial to BioQuarter’s success and future development plans.


The City of Edinburgh Council

Edinburgh BioQuarter is critical to the Council’s plans for sustainable city growth and place-making.

It is essential that BioQuarter ties closely to the Council’s work in supporting local economic development and wellbeing.

As the life sciences sector, data-driven innovation and collaboration are at the heart of the Council’s economic strategy, BioQuarter is a unique driver within the city’s sector and investment strategies. The City of Edinburgh Council believes the project will:

  • Drive inclusive growth by maintaining the supply of high-quality jobs and direct job creation in the knowledge-based economy
  • Potentially attract significant inward investments and talents to the city
  • Strengthen the Edinburgh City brand as a place to grow businesses
  • Ensure that the opportunities presented by BioQuarter will generate and harness local community development
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NHS Lothian

With an annual budget of £1.6bn, NHS Lothian already has significant assets at Edinburgh BioQuarter and plans to expand its footprint.

Scotland’s ageing population requires well-planned NHS care. BioQuarter will play a strategic role in meeting this key objective for NHS Lothian. We are interested in working will all partners to develop big data opportunities. By enhancing collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, we can impact patient care and potentially increase research commercialisation and spin-out companies at BioQuarter. As a founding partner of Edinburgh BioQuarter, NHS Lothian will benefit from the partnership by:

  • Utilising innovation to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and drive down cost
  • Providing an on-site improved experience in the form of superior retail and leisure facilities, making it easier to recruit and retain staff
  • Providing an environment within which opportunities to collaborate can be enhanced and benefits maximised
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Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s economic development agency.

Its vision for Edinburgh BioQuarter is for the site to become a ‘world-class biomedical facility for research and development’– a location contributing significantly to the local and national economy. Scottish Enterprise has provided the majority of funding and resource to BioQuarter’s infrastructure, including NINE – Life Sciences Innovation Centre. Scottish Enterprise believes a partnership with BioQuarter will:

  • Strengthen Scotland’s life sciences sector by 2025
  • Create a vibrant commercial life sciences community that attracts new and further inward investment from companies and investors
  • Leverage the existing and extensive investments in Edinburgh BioQuarter by private sector investments
  • Provide industry/commercial accommodation that collaborates with the partners’ activities
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The University of Edinburgh

A priority for the University of Edinburgh is the creation, at BioQuarter, of an ecosystem providing world-leading research, teaching, impact and innovation .

The University has already invested circa £80m at BioQuarter, and has imminent plans to expand its medical school. It is likely to invest a further £100m+ over the next 5-7 years to deliver on-site teaching and research facilities.

Greater capacity will encourage additional research opportunity and provision, leading to more life sciences innovation. By moving University functions from the centre of Edinburgh, the expectation is of a boost to creative thinking, an increase in opportunities for collaboration and a rise in commercial activity. Growing its current presence at BioQuarter, the University will:

  • Make the school a more attractive proposition for students and academics
  • Deliver additional space for the University in its city centre locations
  • Enhance Edinburgh BioQuarter by bringing University resources, experience and finance to undertake its own on-site developments and activities
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Partnership Governance

Bringing together executive management from across our four public partners, the Strategy Board agrees and enables BioQuarter’s vision. Comprised of senior individuals experienced in healthcare, life sciences, investment and other key sectors. The Advisory Board provides a range of complementary skills, expertise and advice to the Strategy Board. Both Boards boast significant strength across the private and public sectors.

Edinburgh BioQuarter Strategy Board

Linda Hanna

Managing Director, Strategy and Sectors

Scottish Enterprise

Linda Hanna’s portfolio includes Scottish Enterprise’s research, strategy and economics work. Linda leads developments and key projects, progressing industry opportunities and assets for Scotland – with a focus on high-value manufacturing and health, the digital economy and low carbon.

Derek McCrindle

Director of Infrastructure

Scottish Enterprise

A chartered surveyor bringing over 25 years’ property industry experience, Derek manages teams dealing with a range of property, infrastructure and transport projects throughout Scotland.

Derek is SE’s Senior Responsible Owner for the BioQuarter project. Programme.

Andrew Henderson

Team Leader – High Value Manufacturing & Health

Scottish Enterprise

Andrew leads a team working closely with industry, academic, healthcare and Government partners to grow the Life & Chemical Sciences industry in Scotland. The team focuses specifically on manufacturing, medical devices, pharmaceutical services and regenerative medicine. Andrew has also developed Scotland’s regenerative medicine strategy with industry. Prior to joining Scottish Enterprise, Andrew spent over 10 years working for high-profile Scottish medical device startups.

Susan Goldsmith

Finance Director

NHS Lothian

Susan ensures that financial targets are met, this includes overseeing the revenue budget for NHS Lothian which is currently £1.4bn. Susan also oversees the capital programme including the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at BioQuarter.

Iain Graham

Director of Capital Planning and Projects

NHS Lothian

Iain is responsible for managing the project delivery of NHS Lothian’s strategic capital schemes and site master planning. Current projects within Edinburgh BioQuarter include the new Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion Hospital.

Hugh Edmiston

Director of Corporate Service (and Chair of Strategy Board)

The University of Edinburgh

Hugh is currently the Director of Corporate Services and an executive member of the senior team. He is responsible for 10 groups which include finance, property and the commercialisation of research and services including Edinburgh BioQuarter. In addition he leads a number of the University’s strategic projects which include Data Driven Innovation for the City Deal and the development of Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Dr Catherine Elliott

College Registrar

The University of Edinburgh

Dr Catherine Elliott has an MBChB and MD from Edinburgh Medical School and was a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, London. She is an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She is now College Registrar of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, overseeing all of the operational aspects of the College.

Gary Jebb

Director of Estates

The University of Edinburgh

Gary has considerable experience in Estates project and facilities management, and is well known in the higher education sector.

He joined the University from Queen’s University Belfast, where he was Director for Estates for many years, and a Director of a number of University companies.

Andrew Kerr

Chief Executive

City of Edinburgh Council

Andrew joined the City of Edinburgh Council as Chief Executive in July 2015. He began his local government career with Falkirk District Council. His 32-year public sector career has since included more than three years at Birmingham City Council and North Tyneside Council, where he was CEO from 2005.

Paul Lawrence

Executive Director - Place

City of Edinburgh Council

Paul joined the Council in 2015 and his responsibilities include Development and Investment, Environment, Culture, Housing, Planning, Regulatory Services and Transport. Prior to this, he was the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council before being appointed as Head of Cultural and Economic Development at Newcastle City Council in 2000. He later became Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for Economic Development, City Region Partnerships and Corporate Communications.

Elaine Ballantyne

Head of Investment and International Relations

City of Edinburgh Council

With responsibility for inward investment, investor liaison and international affairs. Elaine manages the Council’s Investment and International Relations Team. This includes a wide range of advice and support for new and existing investors, and the delivery of international engagement and projects. Previously Elaine worked for the European Policies Research Centre.

Edinburgh BioQuarter Advisory Board

John McCulloch, Ph.D.

Principal

DRI Capital Inc.

DRI Capital acquires royalty interests in pharmaceutical products and has built a portfolio of investments in over 60 assets including many blockbuster drugs. DRI is Canada’s largest and oldest life sciences investment firm. John’s experience also includes leading a regenerative medicine company and advising Canadian startup companies.

Professor Simon G Best, OBE, FRSE

Chairman

Prometic Lifesciences Inc.

Serial Biotech Entrepreneur. Past Vice-Chair of BIO and Chair of the BIA. Simon currently chairs Prometic, a rare-disease drug company in Montreal. Nominated a Global Leader of Tomorrow and Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and “Venturer of the Year” by the FT. Winner of the LBS Alumni Achievement Prize.

Brian Houston

Chairman

NHS Lothian

Brian Houston was appointed Chair of Lothian NHS Board on 1st May 2013. He is a qualified accountant. Brian’s previous career focussed mainly on management positions in various private sector companies, and latterly as European CEO of an international management consultancy firm. Also served as CEO and Group Managing Director of two engineering companies in the offshore oil industry.

Frank Ross

The Rt Hon Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council

Frank Ross was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council representing the Corstorphine/Murrayfield ward in 2012. Appointed Lord Provost in 2017, he is Edinburgh’s civic head, promoting Edinburgh at home and abroad. The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant, and greets members of the Royal Family and visiting heads of state.

John Iredale

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health)

University of Bristol

At the University of Bristol, John Iredale has strategic responsibility for the Health and Life Sciences faculties. Previously Regius Chair of Medical Science at the University of Edinburgh, and for six years a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian, John’s research interests are focused on tissue scarring and regeneration. He is chair Main Panel A for REF2021, is a member of MRC Council, a Trustee of the BHF and a Non-Executive Director of North Bristol Hospitals Trust.

Regis B. Kelly, Ph.D., OBE

Byers Family Distinguished Professor Director

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
50 word biography: Dr Kelly trained at Harvard, Stanford, Caltech and the University of Edinburgh. Regis is the Director of QB3, one of the four California Institutes for Science and Innovation. As Director, Regis helped launch two QB3-associated companies. He holds the inaugural Byers Family Distinguished Professorship and has served on many national and international boards. In 2014 he was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Hans Möller

Chief Executive Officer

Karolinska Institutet Holding

Hans Möller is the CEO of Karolinska Institutet Holding in Stockholm, responsible for the Institutet’s Innovation ecosystem including an incubator programme, a science park and student accommodation. Hans was Programme Director of Edinburgh BioQuarter, Innovation Director with North East LEP in Newcastle and for 12 years, the CEO of Sweden’s leading science park, Ideon.

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