Healthtech industry body launches new Scottish division to boost investment

The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has launched ABHI Scotland, to help Scotland’s tech ecosystem attract new investment.

The industry body hopes this will help bring the work being done in health technologies to more patients at home and abroad.

The move, which will see the formation of a dedicated operation in Edinburgh, builds on several years of working with Scottish businesses and universities to support and represent ABHI members.

ABHI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work with the University of Strathclyde Medical Devices Institute Center of Excellence.

Mark Cook, the new chairman of ABHI Scotland – who was also appointed co-chairman of the Scottish Government’s Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group this year – said the time had come to create a team dedicated to the companies behind medical devices, diagnostics and digital health in Scotland.

He explained: “Scotland’s integrated approach to data, combined with its world-class academic and research sector, provides a compelling offer for both exports and inward investment.

Minister for Trade, Commerce, Tourism and Enterprise, Ivan McKee, said: “Health technology is a strategically important part of our life sciences sector which allows us, as a nation, to to focus on solving the world’s greatest health challenges through data-driven health solutions, innovation, design and manufacturing.

“In addition to the global players who have chosen Scotland as their base, our local businesses and university spin-offs employ over 41,000 highly skilled people in our life sciences sector.

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