There are over 7,000 people who work at the campus, 900 hospital beds in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and 1,200 researchers based across the site. By 2018, these numbers will rise to more than 1,300 hospital beds and over 2,000 researchers.
Developments at the campus over the next few years will see the £150m Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences open in 2018. The University of Edinburgh's £50m Centre for Tissue Repair will open in 2020, raising the number of stem cell scientists based here to one of the largest concentrations in the world.
The wide range of capabilities in life sciences concentrated at Edinburgh BioQuarter makes it a leading destination for translational medical research; advancing drug development by transforming basic scientific discoveries through clinical application, into new medical treatments and products. Academic research and clinical research facilities provide an opportunity for companies to engage with world-leading medical researchers and clinicians to progress new concepts from discovery, all the way through clinical trials, to establishing a commercially viable route to market.
With some of the best facilities in the country, such as ATMP GMP labs for stem-cell work, an imaging centre with PET, MRI and CT-slice scanners and an MHRA-accredited Phase I clinical trials unit on site as well as dedicated bio-incubator facilities.
Queens Medical Research Institute (QMRI) Visit websiteThe QMRI provides facilities for high quality interdisciplinary research, bringing together more than with 650 researchers with particular strengths in cardiovascular disease, reproductive health and inflammatory and respiratory research.
Site of the Royal Hospital for Sick ChildrenPart of NHS Lothian's University Hospitals Division, a 600-bed paediatric facility offering a full range of acute, surgical, day - and acute care services planned to move to the BioQuarter Campus by 2017.
Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic Visit websiteFunded with a £10m gift from the Harry Potter author JK Rowling, the clinic will deliver innovative clinical research to patients with neurodegenerative diseases. The clinic targets the discovery of treatments that will slow progress of diseases including MS and MND with the ultimate ambition of repairing damage.
The Chancellor's Building Visit websiteThis facility is the University of Edinburgh's Medical School and main undergraduate teaching and learning centre, housing 250 researchers and clinical teaching staff working across the full range of medical conditions.
The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) Visit websiteThe 960-bed RIE, opened in 2003, provides a full range of acute medical and surgical services for the Lothian region as well as specialist services for South-East Scotland. It is also the principal acute hospital for medical teaching. The University has 90 ‘embedded’ academic offices in the RIE, maintaining the long-established principle of integration of clinical and academic staff.
The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) Visit websiteSCRM is a £60m state of the art, world leading centre for excellence in regenerative medicine with research spanning basic mechanisms of stem cell regulation to translational research and providing rigorous proof of principle for stem cell therapies. It is home to 230 scientists and clinicians studying stem cells, disease and tissue repair to advance human health. The building also boasts a GMP cellular therapy facility.
Nine, The BioQuarter Visit websiteOpened by HRH the Princess Royal in June 2012, Nine, the BioQuarter has rapidly established itself as the centre for commercial activity at BioQuarter. This three-story multiple occupancy building is now home to multiple companies involved in life sciences from start-ups and support services to major international businesses. The building also houses the Farr Institute (mining population based 'Big Data' sets for healthcare research).
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth, working with partners in the public and private sectors to create a world-class business environment.
NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland - circa 800,000 people.
University of Edinburgh
Established in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and regularly ranks among the top 50 universities in the world.
City of Edinburgh Council
Edinburgh is known across the world as Scotland's capital city; its festival capital, its business capital and its cultural capital. At its very heart, The City of Edinburgh Council, one of the largest councils in the UK, with around 17,000 staff providing a wide range of high-quality public services to nearly 500,000 people, is tasked with ensuring the city is a great place to live, work, study and enjoy.
A masterplan for Edinburgh BioQuarter allocating space for new accommodation which would create a modern urban environment, including the potential for cafes, a hotel and gym received outline planning approval from the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013.
Edinburgh’s expanding BioQuarter is adding a new commercial facility to help meet demand for space. Work started in October 2017 on a new two-storey 1200 square metre modular building, which will provide a mix of specialist office and lab space. The building will open in early 2018 and is situated in the south of Edinburgh BioQuarter - adjacent to Nine and the Centre for Dementia Prevention.
The development follows on from the success of Nine, Edinburgh BioQuarter’s first commercial building, which opened in 2012 and is now fully occupied. Nine is home to over 20 innovative and award-winning Life Sciences businesses.
The value of construction projects currently (October 2017) taking place at Edinburgh BioQuarter is over £200m.
The University of Edinburgh’s £50m Centre for Tissue Repair will open in 2020. The new Centre will increase the number of stem cell scientists based at Edinburgh BioQuarter, making it one of the largest concentrations in the world.
NHS Lothian’s £150m Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences is due to open in 2018. This relocation will bring many benefits to patient care and increased expertise to the campus.