Research and Development centre to open in Inverness

Life sciences company ODx is opening a new medical technology research and development centre in Inverness.

Research and Development centre to open in Inverness

Solasta House

The opening of the centre will create over 30 highly-skilled jobs within the next three years. The centre will require engineers, microbiologists, data scientists and lab technicians.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved investment of up to £1.75 million for the project.

The research and development facility will be used to develop and commercialise a test that helps detect the ability of urinary tract infections (UTIs) to resist antibiotics.

ODx has signed a ten-year lease agreement for space in Solasta House, the new £4.5m life sciences building developed by HIE on Inverness Campus with £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

James Cameron, HIE’s head of life sciences, said: “Inverness and the Highlands and Islands more widely, is increasingly recognised for its growing life sciences sector. ODx is at the heart of this and we are very pleased to welcome the company to the region. This exciting new facility fits well with the collaborative and innovative ethos of Inverness Campus. We look forward to working with the company on implementing its plans and to the benefits this will bring, notably the creation of highly-skilled jobs.”

Ivan McKee, investment minister, said: “I welcome ODx decision to establish a medical technology research and development centre in Inverness. The development of this highly specialised facility further builds upon Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading innovator in health technology. Highlands and Islands Enterprise are investing up to £1.75m in this centre, investment which will help create a further 30 highly skilled jobs within three years. The Scottish Government and our agencies will continue to support this incredibly important sector, which employs almost 40,000 people across Scotland.”

Giles Hamilton, ODx CEO, said: “HIE and Inverness Campus beat stiff competition from other locations in the UK and overseas as a location for ODx. We are delighted with the support received from them and Scottish Enterprise. We are looking forward to working with communities in Inverness, Moray and the Highlands and Islands to create jobs and help reduce the suffering caused by UTIs.”

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