A £56million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) will be built next to Glasgow Airport.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has hailed the huge benefits for the local area after Renfrewshire was confirmed as the location for a world-first multi-million innovation centre revolutionising medicine manufacturing.
The industry-led centre will offer pharmaceutical companies from start-ups to multinationals a unique service to develop new manufacturing techniques which speed up bringing new drugs to market.
The global market is worth £98 billion and this investment will put Scotland and the UK at the forefront of technology and innovation in medicine manufacturing, aiming to attract £80million of research and development investment in the next ten years.
Eighty high skilled jobs will be established at the Centre by 2023 with a further 90 jobs created or retained in companies during the design and build phase and post-construction.
“This is fantastic news not only for Renfrewshire but for the whole of Scotland,” said Councillor Nicolson. “On top of the highly skilled jobs the centre will bring, its work will generate more jobs by encouraging start-ups and supporting companies large and small to grow their businesses using the transformative technologies the centre develops.
Photo: Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson
“We support the ambition to make Scotland the location of choice for the life sciences community and advanced manufacturing and are currently developing the underpinning infrastructure which will ensure the centre has the perfect home in Renfrewshire.”
The new centre will be built alongside the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) – a £65million industry-led centre set to transform Scotland’s manufacturing skills and productivity.
And it will also be located next to the recently opened Lightweight Manufacturing Centre at Westway Business Park, Scotland’s only facility for research and development of lightweight components for the automotive and aerospace industries.
Councillor Nicolson added: “We have a proud tradition of innovation in manufacturing and these exciting developments can make Renfrewshire the beating heart of Scotland’s manufacturing sector once again.
“Manufacturing is a key contributor to the Renfrewshire economy and employs more than 9,000 people, with world famous companies based here.
“The innovation district has the potential to attract more businesses to the area, create thousands more jobs and provide more opportunities for existing businesses to thrive.”
The areas MP, Gavin Newlands, Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “This is a fantastic endorsement for the Renfrewshire economy and the skilled workforce that we have locally. Renfrewshire has a proud reputation for high quality manufacturing and I am delighted that with the announcement that the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will be based in Renfrewshire.
“This follows the announcement made by the Scottish Government a few months ago that the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland will also be in Renfrewshire. This is good news for the local economy and highlights the strength of the Renfrewshire economy.”
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am delighted that the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) will be located in Scotland, given its potential to become a global centre of excellence and bringing significant benefits to Scotland’s economy. The location of the MMIC is also a very positive endorsement of Scotland’s Life and Chemical Science sectors and will build on our internationally recognised strengths in both Research and Development and manufacturing.
“Scottish Enterprise, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is investing £15 million in the MMIC helping to fulfil the vision of Scotland’s Life Sciences Strategy. This will help to make Scotland the location of choice for the life sciences community and help us grow the industry’s contribution to the Scottish Economy by 90%, to £8 billion by 2025.
“As well as helping to attract further manufacturing investment to Scotland, the Centre will also be well placed to support new business start-ups and spin-outs and enable established life and chemical science companies to profit from innovation.
“Whilst the Centre will be located within the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District in Renfrewshire, alongside the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland, we are taking a range of steps to ensure that the Sector across the whole of Scotland is able to benefit from the project.”
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “Strathclyde has earned an international reputation for research and innovation that accelerates and enhances the manufacturing of medicines and pharmaceuticals. As strategic partners in MMIC, we will have an enhanced role in supporting industry to deliver urgently-needed medicines both swiftly and effectively.
“The challenges of health are among the biggest facing today’s world; they are changing rapidly and continually and medicine must keep pace with them to provide solutions. MMIC will provide world-class talent, research capability, technology, facilities, knowledge and experience to industry to ensure these challenges are met.”