Edinburgh Molecular Imaging Ltd

Edinburgh University spin-out Edinburgh Molecular Imaging develops world-leading in-vivo diagnostics which are set to improve lives globally through their disease-detection abilities. Here, CEO Ian Wilson tells TalentScotland about their pioneering work and the exciting opportunities opening up within the company.

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Edinburgh Molecular

We were formed in 2014 and our goal is to develop in-vivo diagnostics which are drug-like substances that are used to visualise disease directly in the body. 
Our agents are fluorescent which helps the clinician “see the invisible,” identify and diagnose diseases at the bedside and enable more efficient tumour removal during cancer surgery.

There is currently no other in-vivo, targeted, optical agents out there so we are world-leading in that respect. Our philosophy is to partner and collaborate globally with the right people to get our product to market and start improving peoples’ lives as soon as possible. 

Working for Edinburgh Molecular Imaging

Because we are a new business with only six staff, our employees have the opportunity to grow, develop their science skills, and in the future become team leaders or project managers. Our staff can also learn how industry works, for example, by getting experience of the commercial drug development and approval process, which you don’t get in an academic setting. 

What we’re looking for is people with experience in regulatory affairs or who are strong in chemistry or biology. We also want to start employing project managers with clinical trial experience, and business development professionals.

We hire highly skilled individuals so our people are trusted to control and manage their own time. My job as CEO is to point the direction of the ship, not necessarily row the boat. We need people who constantly challenge their own thinking to do things in a smarter way. They’ve got to be self-driven and self-motivated.

Working in Scotland

The formation of the BioQuarter near the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary is a fantastic thing and new businesses are starting to come and establish themselves here. With the BioCity in Glasgow, we have a very exciting nucleus of life science companies.

Scotland provides the opportunity to have both a good working environment and a great quality of life both yourself and your family.