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Danish life science company locates to Inverness Campus

The expansion of the life science sector at Inverness Campus is taking another step forward with the announcement of thirty new jobs.

Danish company, CorporateHealth International ApS is to embark on a £5.7 million project to establish a new diagnostics centre at the Campus through their subsidiary CorporateHealth International UK Ltd (CHI UK).

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting the company with investment of £600,000 which will support CHI UK to set-up and develop in the region.

The business will be based in Aurora House on Inverness Campus, the £2.2 million purpose built life sciences building. The first member of staff has already been recruited – nurse manager, Lesley Patience.

CHI UK provides an innovative service for a tried and tested technology - a video camera capsule which replaces the procedures used to deliver many diagnostic endoscopies and colonoscopies.

The company’s experts carry out the specialist reading of the captured images.

The patient can take the camera capsule at home instead of coming into hospital for a traditionally invasive procedure, which makes the process safer and more cost effective.

The thirty jobs are to be created over three years and will include research and development, administrative and management, and local service delivery posts.

Development of Inverness Campus is led by HIE to support the further expansion of some of the region’s key sectors with a particular focus on life sciences.

James Cameron, head of life sciences at HIE, said: “The growth in life sciences is one of Scotland’s most exciting developments of recent years and a priority for the Highlands and Islands.

“The Campus is an extremely attractive location for global companies such as CHI UK looking to expand their businesses. Close collaboration with NHS Highland Research, Development and Innovation has made the Campus the ideal place for them.

“The investment by the company reinforces Inverness’ position as a global R&D centre and we very much welcome CHI UK to the region. We are delighted to support their ambitious plans.”

There is a strong research and development presence establishing on the Campus. This includes academics and companies in digital health technology, disease management and animal health right across the spectrum from small start-ups and local businesses to global companies.

A significant feature of the project is the ability to deliver the video capsule across the region in the patient’s homes.

The project will base a diagnostic centre on the Campus and also support a network of nurses which would free up doctors’ time. Pilots of the service have already taken place in GP practices in Ullapool and Skye.

HIE, SDI, Digital Health and Care Institute and NHS (Highland and Tayside) have had multiple discussions with CHI UK. This has led to a growing confidence that Scotland can deliver on the company’s ambitions, and provides a good base to expand throughout the UK.

The founders of CHI UK are Dr Cornelius Glisman and Dr Hagen Wenzek who have worked closely with HIE’s life science team over the past few months.

Dr Wenzek, said: “The Highlands have proven to be a fertile environment for service innovation; receptive to solutions that serve patients better as well as a welcoming pool of knowledge and expertise. And, thanks to the partnership with HIE, we are confident that planting our UK operations in that environment will grow CorporateHealth as expected.”

CHI HQ was incorporated in Denmark in February 2015 and is currently providing this type of service in its home market. Denmark will remain the international headquarters.

More than 600 people already work at Inverness Campus. They include staff of HIE, Inverness College UHI, the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland’s Rural College, Scottish Development International, the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, and business-academia networking organisation Interface.

Photo caption: L-R, Lesley Patience, Anna Miller (HIE), Dr Cornelius Glisman (CHI UK).

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