Mr Mark Dolan, Country Manager, Scottish Development International (SDI), India
Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of the Scottish Government responsible for developing and strengthening trade and investment between Scotland and the rest of the world, has associated with Bangalore INDIA BIO 2013 as Innovation Partner and bringing in delegation to India. The delegation led by Ms Anne MacColl, CEO, Scottish Development International, Scotland will be signing Memorandum of Understanding with Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Services (KBITS) during the event and paving way for better Knowledge exchange and trade relations with the two nations.
In this regard BioSpectrum spoke to Mr Mark Dolan, Country Manager, Scottish Development International (SDI), India about his views about the opportunities and strengths of Scotland in life sciences space. Excerpts of the interview,
What is the current status of trade between India and Scotland in general and life sciences space in particular?
Ever since India opened up its economy, there has been a tremendous increase in trade and investment between India and other countries. India's relationship with Scotland is no different in that respect and we have seen a healthy increase in both trade and investment between both the countries. In the last three years, we have seen an increase of 30 percent in the number of Scottish companies, who we have supported to set up and develop their business in India (across sectors).
In fact, we have a strong delegation of life sciences companies who are here at Bangalore India Bio to explore opportunities. Prof Charles Ffrenchconstant, a well known figure in the life sciences community will be speaking at the event and so is Dr Pradeep Ramyya from Axsys Technologies, who have set up a successful life sciences business in Glasgow. So, the business relationship between the two countries is definitely becoming stronger.