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20 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013


Glasgow is becoming a key cog in the global life sciences sector and businesses are set to reap the rewards of a big influx of visitors to the city during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, attendees of two recent Glasgow Talks events learned


AT THE HEART OF THE HEALTH REVOLUTION


Chamber Chief Executive Stuart


Patrick with Professor Anna Dominiczak, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary


and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and Peter Silvester, President, Europe, Middle East & Africa of Life Technologies


T


he Glasgow Talks on Life Sciences outlined the opportunity for Glasgow to be at the


forefront of a revolution in medicine and health. Professor Anna Dominiczak,


Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, said this opportunity was provided by the creation of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre. She said that stratified


medicine, also called personalised medicine, was about geting “the right treatment to the right patient at the right price” whereas currently only a comparatively


small percentage of prescriptions were absolutely right because of the inexactness of the science. She said that there were major


advantages in the centre being located on the campus of what had been officially confirmed as not just the largest hospital in the UK, but also in Europe. It offered the chance of a


new approach where clinicians, researchers and industry were all working together in a collaborative approach. She said that the centre would


offer important opportunities to Life Sciences businesses. “In two years we will be opening our doors to other SMEs to come and join us,” she said.


Peter Silvester, President,


Europe, Middle East & Africa of Life Technologies, said he believed that we are entering the Century of Life Sciences and that the new centre would be at the forefront of a new approach to medicine and health. He said: “Te western world cannot afford the health services that we have today.” Totally new approaches to


medicine were made possible by the ability to profile the human genome, a process that was constantly reducing in price, he said. Chairing the Talk, Stuart


Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said that the Life Sciences Glasgow Talk was the start of


The audience listens attentively


Glasgow Chamber’s work in “shouting” about life sciences. He said: “We believe that


Glasgow’s strengths in life sciences are under-appreciated in the wider business community and arguably in the Scotish policy world.” In a question and answer


session following the talk, Iain McDougall, a serial life sciences entrepreneur who is currently Chief Executive Officer of Taragenyx, said: “I’m starting to see what’s happening in Glasgow as really exciting. Tis level of co-operation means we will be able to compete in the same way as the major life sciences clusters in the US and Australia.”


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