IHIF Signs Partnership Agreement With Scottish Lifesciences Association
Builds New Market Opportunities for State Industry Members
(Indianapolis,IN USA and Edinburgh, Scotland UK) – The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) and the Scottish Lifesciences Association (SLA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share member benefits between the two organizations. IHIF and SLA share the same essential vision with regards to creation and maintenance of an environment that nurtures and supports life sciences companies. The objectives are to foster innovation and valuable, dynamic links between US-based member companies of IHIF and Scotland-based member companies of SLA.
According to Scott Johnstone, CEO of the SLA, “IHIF and SLA intend to represent the USA and EU to each other as practical for the mutual benefit of our organizations and our member companies. Through this relationship, we intend to increase the visibility, sales, investment, regulation, and innovation prospects for our member companies”.
Both organizations are members of the multi-state Turnpike Partnership, an innovation-driven network of resources and organizations built to support and enhance the life sciences industry. Scotland is a key international partner with a life sciences cluster of similar size and scope to Indiana’s.
Building on an already strong trade relationship, “IHIF and SLA were able to come together through the Turnpike Partnership and build an alliance that will directly benefit our members”, said Kristin Jones, President and CEO of IHIF. “The partnership with SLA is a further expansion of our international network and will give our members strategic access to UK and European markets at a time of dynamic change. We also look forward to working with members of SLA as they build their business networks and explore opportunities in the U.S.”
The MOU was signed at the 2017 Derby Summit, an annual event for the Kentucky Life Sciences Council. The Scottish delegation also visited Boston and IHIF representatives attended the May 11 Spring Members Meeting for the SLA in Glasgow, Scotland.
With 135 member companies and organisations, the SLA is the voice of Scotland’s vibrant life sciences industries to investors, NHSScotland, the Scottish and UK Governments, and the wider community. The SLA is driven by and network with its members through 14 Special Interest Groups and 4 sub-groups. The SLA helps to grow members’ businesses, and engage with the NHS and Government to grow the life sciences sector in Scotland.
For more information: http://www.scottishlifesciencesassociation.org.uk
IHIF is a statewide trade association representing Indiana’s health science business community. The diverse members of the Indiana Health Industry Forum generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry. Our mission is to connect key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.
For more information: https://www.ihif.org