Life and Chemical Sciences

Interface Supports Chemical and Life Science Innovation

The Life and Chemical Science sectors are two of Scotland’s biggest, with the Life Science sector contributing £1.7 billion to the Scottish economy. Scottish universities are world leaders in the sector, renowned for their excellent chemical research with chemical and life science innovation at the heart of what they do. Recent developments have shown an emergent digital health sector where ICT meets healthcare to refineries and perfumeries. Interface are proud to offer the chemical and life science sectors support through knowledge exchange with Scotland’s finest education institutes, as well as facilitating funding from the Scottish Funding council.

How Interface can help

If you are working within the life science or chemical science industries with a desire to develop an idea, create a product or realise an idea, Interface can offer collaboration with Scottish academics and experts. Interface support chemical and life science innovation and can guarantee that these connections are a great starting point for you to re-evaluate, streamline and improve your product or service.

Scotland has a wealth of academic experts and facilities useful to the chemical and life science sectors. Developing links with academia could help your business grow and expand in this exciting globally trending market. From informatics to ethics, and engineering to process design; connecting and collaborating with a university could help give your company that innovative edge that it needs. Recent projects have seen companies looking to academia for expertise, technologies and facilities include:

  • Developing new software and its architecture for the management and flow of patient information
  • User authentication interfaces – keep your data safe, improve security and fraud detection
  • Informatics database systems and theory – testing new boundaries and making improvements
  • Database management systems and high-performance computing – the development of methods for detailed data mining analysis
  • Engineering & electronics – designing medical devices, robotic surgeons, process monitoring with cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Industry-focused art and design – how it looks, to how it works
  • Mobile networks, devices and security – exploring not just the technology but how people interact with it and how it impacts society.
  • Mobile applications their deployment, design and usability
  • Biomechanics and sports – testing the robustness of assisted living design, making it better
  • 3D visualisation, haptic technology, augmented reality – visual representation of information
  • Sensors – collect data and convert into useful intelligent information
  • Ethics and policy – knowledge of the regulatory pitfalls, current opinion and policy

Chemical and Life Science Innovation: Case Studies 

Recent projects have seen companies looking to academia for expertise, technologies and facilities including:

  • CogniHealth Ltd paired with the University of Edinburgh and University of Highlands and Islands

CogniHealth is an Edinburgh-based health-tech company that creates digital solutions for long-term conditions. With a current focus on dementia, their aim is to improve the quality of lives of families affected by dementia. Discover the full Case Study.

  • Vanilla Blush paired with the University of Highlands and Islands

Vanilla Blush is a Glasgow-based medical lingerie business founded by a former nurse, Nicola Dames. The business specialises in garments for people living with a colostomy, ileostomy or a urostomy, which are all categorised as stomas. Approximately 102,000 individuals live with an excretory stoma in the UK, with around 21,000 individuals undergoing stoma-forming surgery each year. Discover the full Case Study.

  • McCormack Innovation Ltd paired with University of Dundee

McCormack Innovation Ltd, was initially set up to address the low return rates of bowel or colorectal cancer screening programmes worldwide where most return or compliance rates around a disappointing 50%. Harnessing soluble material as a solution the business has identified an ideal material to be used in stool sample collection that can then be harmlessly flushed away. Discover the full Case Study.

Specialist Facilities 

Turning your concept into reality for chemical and life science innovation is possible through the vast range of specialist facilities and supporting technical resource. Explore some options which may be of benefit if you are looking for creative industries support:

  • 3D Printing – This is one of the hottest and most exciting advancements in design which offers a cost effective and efficient way to manufacture and create prototypes. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is used to make three-dimensional objects by successive printing of layers of material under computer control.
  • Clean Labs – Clean labs or clean rooms offer facilities that have controlled levels of contamination free from microbial, particulate and moisture impurities. These are the perfect manufacturing conditions for delicate industries such as electronics, biotechnology and life sciences.
  • Manufacturing – Our HEI’s can help with manufacturing research & development by testing and developing different processes and techniques. There is a huge range of industry specification equipment to support manufacturing processes across all sectors.

Interface Free and Impartial Services

For further information and to find out how Interface can help provide creative industries support for your product, service or idea simply contact us. A member of our Business Engagement team would be delighted to help!