Over the last 8 years Scotland has made a very significant investment in building the human and physical infrastructure required to leverage our leading position in the field of stem cell biology to support the development of a thriving Scottish Regenerative Medicine industrial sector. This initial investment is nearing completion, has substantially delivered and has started to make a real impact. However its full value will only be realised as the world-wide regenerative medicine sector matures and near term scientific, technical and industrial impediments are overcome. Our competitors in other parts of the UK and across the world are continuing to invest in this space in order to imbue their nascent industries with comparative advantage.
With these considerations in mind the community has undertaken a review of the current state of play, in order to determine what now needs to be done in order to drive the growth of the Regenerative Medicine industry in Scotland and embed significant long-term benefits to the economy and health of the nation.
This document sets out a strategy which has been developed in collaboration with the academic, business and clinical communities. It is intended for high-level discussion and to provide a framework for future collective direction and investment.