The vision of the Tay Cities Biomedical Cluster project is to create innovation led growth through new company formations, inward investment, sustainable jobs and new training opportunities.

The project received funding of £25 million from the Scottish Government as part of the Tay Cities Deal. It will build on the University’s world-class expertise in life sciences research including drug discovery and medical technologies innovation.

Three capital projects are underway as part of the project


Architect's impression of the new Innovation Hub facility

Architect's impression of the new Innovation Hub facility

Tay Cities Regional Innovation Hub

The creation of a Tay Cities Regional Innovation Hub at Dundee Technopole immediately adjacent to the University main campus. This new 4,700 sqm three storey facility will fill a critical gap – the ability to anchor in the region new high-growth spin out companies generated from the Tay Cities burgeoning life sciences research activity.

A strong pipeline of new companies will be accommodated and supported through their high-growth phase by the facility. Company formation will be powered by increasing inward investment and will provide high-quality employment, backed by training opportunities delivered by the Tay Cities higher education sector.

Timeline: Construction is due to start on the new Innovation Hub in March 2022 with completion expected in December 2023

Medical technologies innovation environment

The development of a unique medical technologies innovation environment at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, which will be incorporated within a new multidisciplinary Tayside Innovation MedTech Ecosystem (TIME). Based in Wilson House in Dundee Medipark (adjacent to Ninewells Hospital), the new facility, bringing the University, NHS and industry together, will enable new technologies to quickly move from prototyping to commercialisation to adoption by the NHS, ultimately creating new wealth for the region and improved health outcomes.

Timeline: Refurbishment of Wilson House is scheduled to start in June 2022 with completion expected in February 2023

University's Thiel cadaveric facilities

Supporting the project's ambition for growth in medical technologies innovation is expansion of the University's Thiel cadaveric facilities within the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). Thiel is a form of cadaver that most closely approximates to ‘life-like’ patient simulation and is optimal for device development and testing, and associated training in support of clinical adoption of new technologies.

Timeline: The extension of the Thiel facility is scheduled to start in January 2022 with completion expected in July 2022.

Impact arising from the investment

Independent economic assessment of the impact of the Growing the Tay Cities Biomedical Cluster project predicts that:

  • 281 new biomedical jobs will be created by 2033

  • rising to 800 new jobs by 2053

  • over £190 million benefit to the local economy by 2053

Project leads

Photo of Michael Ferguson

Sir Michael Ferguson is Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee and a founder member of the Drug Discovery Unit.

Graeme Houston

Graeme Houston is Professor of Clinical Imaging within the School of Medicine, University of Dundee and Honorary NHS Tayside Consultant Radiologist.

Tracey Wilkinson

Professor Tracey Wilkinson is Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee.