Royal honour for Midlothian science firm

Chief Executive Officer and chairman Paul Cowan and chief technical officer John Allan with Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian. Photo: Steven Scott Taylor
Chief Executive Officer and chairman Paul Cowan and chief technical officer John Allan with Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian. Photo: Steven Scott Taylor

One of Midlothian’s leading scientific manufacturing companies has received the royal seal of approval for its 30 years in business.

Alba Bioscience, which has two centres in Midlothian - Edinburgh Technopole and Pentlands Science Park - and one in Edinburgh - has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The honour is bestowed by the Queen in recognition of only the highest levels of excellence demonstrated by UK-based businesses in the categories of international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

Chairman Paul Cowan said: “It is a great honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, reflecting the great success of Quotient and the tremendous input of all of our employees.”

Alba Bioscience employs more than 200 people at its three sites and for three decades has been a leader in the development and manufacture of high quality products for use in transfusion diagnostics.

Last December the company announced it was to construct a new facility at the Midlothian Biocampus. The £15 million first phase is expected to be completed by August 2017.