Midlothian set for bioscience jobs boost

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New jobs and economic growth could be created in Midlothian as a disused bioscience site has been earmarked for part of a Scottish Life Science Enterprise Area.

The Biocampus, opposite Pentlands Science Park, is one of five sites identified by the Scottish Government to form the enterprise area.

The nine-hectare site has lain empty since created in 2003 after Scottish Enterprise’s project partner, the biotechnology firm PPL, went bust.

Last week, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney announced four new enterprise areas – life science, low carbon and renewables east and north, and general manufacturing and growth.

Mr Swinney said: “As a government, we are doing all we can to support jobs and create the best possible business conditions to achieve sustainable economic growth for Scotland. Enterprise areas are another means to help us achieve this and form a key part of our government economic strategy.”

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