Scottish Lifesciences Association

The Mission of the Scottish Lifesciences Association is to represent the Scottish Life Sciences Industry to the Scottish Government and its agencies to ensure that policy and support for the industry is maintained and increased.

Scottish Lifesciences Association

The focus of the SLA is:

  • Constant messaging of life sciences to the Scottish Government ensuring that we maintain our industry’s priority status. Specifics include ensuring that initiatives such as SMART Awards, SE Co-Investment & Venture Funds, R&D Tax Credits are maintained and further strengthened.
  • Making industry’s voice heard and ensuring our environment is supportive and attractive for life science companies to do business in Scotland.
  • Special Interest Groups formed around areas where the Scottish government is engaged such as human resources, intellectual property, diagnostics, regenerative medicine, early stage companies and finance.
  • Opinion former events allowing focused groups to debate key issues with government bodies and other stakeholders.
  • Flagship events: SLA event in February and the Scottish Lifesciences Expert forum and dinner in October.
  • Access to expert advice/experience at all levels of business including start up, financing, growth, merger & acquisition, and exit strategies.
  • Best practice advice and information sharing.
  • Networking events with key policy makers such as the Life Sciences Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament.
  • Informal networking events at the Edinburgh offices and around the country to introduce new members to the community and facilitate business to business interaction.
  • Flow of information on industry news events with commentary.
  • Reach through to Westminster issues and access to MPs in conjunction with other trade association colleagues in London.


Scottish Lifesciences Association
Wallace Building
EH25 9PP