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A Global Academic Medical Centre

Edinburgh BioQuarter is Europe’s fastest-growing Academic Medical Centre. Situated three miles from Edinburgh City Centre, the BioQuarter campus brings together two hospitals and four leading research institutes with commercial laboratories and office space for young, growing and established companies.

By 2017, the existing 870-bed Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) will be joined by the 600-bed Royal Sick Children’s Hospital. These primary care hospitals are complemented by the University of Edinburgh Medical School (2002), the Queens’ Medical Research Institute (QMRI, 2004), the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM, 2011), and the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic (2012). In total, there will be some 1,500 hospital beds, 2,000 researchers and 6,000 clinical and support staff at the BioQuarter site by 2017, making this one of the most significant concentrations of medical assets and scientific talent in Europe or globally.

Creating Commercial Opportunities

Brought together in 2010, the BioQuarter commercialisation team creates new companies based on innovative science from the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, fosters new commercial partnerships between industry and BioQuarter partners, and encourages innovation amongst students and researchers in Edinburgh.

Over the past four years the Team has created more than 10 new life sciences businesses, including i2eye Diagnostics Ltd, creators of the world's first visual field analyser for children and vulnerable adults. We've also signed collaborative agreements with world-leading pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for life-threatening conditions, including cancer, fibrosis and acute pancreatitis. Our Annual Innovation Competition has delivered more than 100 new product or business concepts as well as awarding £90,000 in prize money to support some of these innovate concepts. 

Nine: A Commercial Hub for BioQuarter

Opened by HRH the Princess Royal in June 2012, Nine BioQuarter has rapidly established itself as the center for commercial activity at BioQuarter. Picking up twelve tenants in the first nine months since it opened, the center has also hosted BioQuarter’s networking events and its annual conferences on Regenerative Medicine (2012) and Oncology (2013).

Advice and Assistance

Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Scottish Development International (SDI) offer tailored business support for companies locating in the BioQuarter. SDI provides a single point of contact for inward investments, ensuring a seamless passage into Scotland and helps businesses in sourcing financial assistance or developing projects. A wide range of funding options, both public and private is available for tenants. These include innovative support schemes for research and development and for training.


The 100-acre site will ultimately provide more than 500,000 square feet of further academic research space and an additional 900,000 square feet of accommodation for commercial research-based companies.


For further information about BioQuarter go to www.bioquarter.com


Edinburgh BioQuarter
47 Little France Crescent
EH16 4TJ

Contact:   Dr Andrea Taylor,
Job title:   International Senior Manager,SE
Tel:   0131 313 6105
Email:   andrea.taylor@scotent.co.uk
Website:   www.bioquarter.com

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Edinburgh BioQuarter: Programme Director


Grade 10

Vacancy Number: 037331 

Edinburgh BioQuarter (EBQ) is a public sector partnership between the University of Edinburgh; Scottish Enterprise; NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council. The partners have agreed to work together to develop and promote the EBQ as a leading life sciences campus which drives innovation and delivers healthcare, research and economic benefits. 

An EBQ Programme Team is being created to provide the critical skills and resources required to drive development and implementation of a Business Plan to align activity and investment from EBQ partners and ensure successful delivery of shared strategic objectives. The Programme Team will be a team of four people led by an experienced Programme Director.

The position is a critical senior management role within EBQ with specific accountability for the strategic implementation of the next phase of delivery. This will include the development and delivery of a partnership wide business plan which will incorporate up to £400m of partnership infrastructure investment over the next 5 years. The successful candidate will have a key role in identifying private sector investment globally and utilising existing networks and contacts to drive success. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day management of a small core team as well as strategic leadership and management of a much larger virtual team across all partner organisations. The Programme Director will be regarded both internally and externally as the leader of Edinburgh BioQuarter and will play a key role in developing, influencing and maintaining key partner and stakeholder relationships around a common vision.  The Programme Director will also have a key role in supporting the development and implementation of an EBQ communications and marketing strategy.

As a key senior management position within EBQ the successful candidate will have demonstrable experience and high level skills across a range of areas, including technical and interpersonal.  The successful candidate will have a track record of success in business development and managing large scale projects. This is a fixed-term post for 5 years in the first instance.

Informal enquiries to: David.Currie@scotent.co.uk; Catherine.Elliott@ed.ac.uk; Iain.Graham@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or elaine.ballantyne@edinburgh.gov.uk 

Application Form and Job Description available to view and download from https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=5&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_applicant_no=&p_recruitment_id=037331&p_process_type=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y

Please ensure that your CV and statement in support of your application focus on demonstrating the competencies in the person specification.

Shortlisting will be completed by Friday 23rd December with Interviews likely to be late January.

Closing Date: Friday 16th December