Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical SciencesWorking with industry & organisations

Our industry links

We have strong links with industry. Our researchers work with businesses of all sizes, government, charities, the health sector and the rest of the public sector. Our current partnerships include Astrazeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Cancer Research UK.

We work with businesses in a variety of ways including contract/collaborative research, consultancy, bespoke Continuing Professional Development (CPD), joint funding applications, sponsored PhD studentships, student projects/placements and more. We have world-class conference facilities in our state-of-the-art Technology and Innovation Centre. We have a number of ongoing projects available for co-development, investment, or out-licensing.  View our current opportunities.

How we can support you

Our support for business and organisations is driven through our Knowledge Exchange team. They're here to:

  • support new and existing partnerships
  • facilitate discussions on our commercial and pre-commercial portfolio
  • act as first point of contact
  • advise on appropriate funding streams          

Whether you’re an SME in an emerging relationship with the University, a company wishing to grow an existing relationship or a large, multinational, we look forward to working with you.

Our projects

We're involved with companies which are located across the world. We're working together to deliver projects that will lead to the development of new medicines, better medicines and better use of medicines.

Funding opportunities

We help businesses secure funding to help them grow their businesses. There are a number of ways to access funding:


We're based in the Hamnett Wing of the John Arbuthnott Building, in our city centre campus. It's a purpose-built, world-class centre for research and development. Our state-of-the-art facilities are central to our aims of delivering speedier, more efficient drug discovery.

A range of equipment, expertise and facilities can be accessed on a contract or collaborative basis. We provide a flexible approach that can include a one-off research project, joint research and development, or the formation of a consortium of stakeholders with common interests. Our partners benefit from access to cutting-edge facilities and the expertise of leading researchers who have extensive experience of working with companies.

Our unique facilities include:

  • Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit
  • EPSRC Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC) National Centre - This world class facility is a one-stop shop with full characterisation capability. The CMAC National Facility offers contract research support through the delivery of services within crystallisation (batch & continuous), process development, formulation, product/process analysis and advanced materials characterisation. In particular, applying our expertise in crystallisation, PAT and high end analytical services.
  • EPSRC-funded Multiscale Metrology Suite provides access to critical analytical infrastructure and expertise for academics and the industry sector to accelerate the clinical and commercial translation of their nanotechnology innovations for healthcare applications and remain competitive in the global race for delivering new innovations in health.  
  • Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) Rapid Bioprocess Prototyping Centre (RBPC)

Please get in touch with Debbie Stack, Business Development Manager to discuss your requirements.

Employment & placements

Placements provide a unique opportunity for our students to develop both personally and professionally. However, as an employer, whether you are a large multinational or an SME, you could also benefit from participating in our Industrial Placement Programme.

If you're interested in exploring the possibility of joint studentships or student placements within your business please contact Debbie Stack, Business Development Manager.

Doctorate at Work Scheme

Company employees can work towards a MPHil or PhD while conducting high quality research aligned to the needs of their employer. The individual registers as a student at Strathclyde and has an academic supervisor in addition to their industrial supervisor. The timelines are flexible and companies benefit include more highly trained employees and academics input. Find out more here.

Our software

We provide software to support your teaching and enhance your work in pharmacy and biomedical sciences. It's free and simple to access. 

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