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Partnership with Industry

Strategic partnerships with global organisations help Scotland maintain its status as a global centre of research excellence

Working closely with industry is a key priority for NHS Research Scotland.

The NRS Industry Partnership Forum, formed in 2010, ensures close liaison between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry. It is co-chaired by Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and provides a forum for positive discussion on how NHS Boards and companies can streamline their delivery of clinical studies.

NRS also has strategic collaborations with four industry partners:


  • Announced on 9 February 2012, the Strategic Alliance with PPD is intended to cover a broad range of Phase I – III trials across multiple therapeutic areas
  • NRS becoming an IQVIA Prime Site was announced at the inaugural NRS conference in October 2012, designed to increase the number of contract clinical trials conducted in Scotland
  • On 31 October 2013, the Minister for Public Health announced that NHS Research Scotland has been awarded Pfizer global INSPIRE status, making Scotland a location of choice for Pfizer studies
  • Most recently in May 2014, NRS entered into a Strategic Alliance with Roche, through which an increased number of contract and investigator-initiated studies would be placed in Scotland.

NRS Commercial Group

The aim of the NRS Commercial Group is to create a fast, predictable, supportive and enabling environment for industry to ensure that Scotland is the ‘go to’ place for commercial clinical research. The group will work to ensure a standard operational process which is central to our pan-Scotland ethos, as set out in the Scottish Governments 2015 Health and Social Care Research Strategy.

The group includes representation from commercial R&D teams across Scotland, NRS Operations group and is chaired by the NRS Industry Liaison Manager.

Industry Partnership Forum

The Industry Partnership Forum (IPF) is a forum for the CSO, NRS, the Life Sciences industry and patient representatives to increase, through collaboration, quality clinical research in Scotland. The IPF is co-chaired by CSO and ABPI.