Heriot-Watt University-based Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC) has partnered with Technology Scotland to expedite access to technology design capacity for Scotland’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Under the five-year deal, MDMC will partner with Technology Scotland’s networks to expedite the launch of new medical and healthcare solutions to the market.

This will enable SMEs supported by MDMC to use Technology Scotland’s Product Design Scotland Network to advance the design needs for new medical devices while keeping sustainability in mind.

The knowledge, expertise and innovation generated under the collaboration will be shared throughout Heriot-Watt’s global campuses, including those in Dubai and Malaysia, as well as with the facility’s partner academic institutions.

Technology Scotland CEO Alastair McInroy said: “Technologies developed within Scotland’s enabling technologies sector have long supported our vibrant life sciences industry.

“Realising the potential of these technologies, and successfully navigating the journey from concept to commercialisation, requires careful integration of design processes and frameworks.

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“Through our Product Design Scotland network, Technology Scotland is delighted to be partnering with MDMC to provide life science SMEs with improved access to Scotland’s excellent design capabilities.”

The MDMC is a consortium that includes Robert Gordon University, the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh.

It is based on the Heriot-Watt campus in Edinburgh and assists Scotland’s SMEs in converting medical device concepts into marketable products.

Along with free guidance on manufacturing engineering and regulatory concerns, MDMC provides technically supported access to its £2m specialised manufacturing facilities and funding.

Technology Scotland supports a community of more than 125 industrial and academic member organisations through its Photonics Scotland, Product Design Scotland and MaaS Scotland networks.

It is the representative body for Scotland’s Enabling Technology Sector.