A former St Andrews University spin-out firm behind a device that aids in the detection of urinary tract infections (UTIs) has announced plans to triple its workforce.
According to The Herald, medical technology company ODx currently employs 30 people in Inverness, having moved there from Fife where it was founded at the University of St Andrews. The firm says there would be up to 60 new roles, including assembly technicians, and lab, office, and clinical staff.
The new jobs will be working on the development of a device that helps in the detection of antibiotic resistance in UTIs, which will significantly speed up diagnosis and treatment. The device is capable of producing test results within an hour, which compared to the previous timeframe of three days, will save money on over 172,000 hospital admissions, lab time, and antibiotic prescriptions.
ODx chief executive Giles Hamilton said: “We are delighted to start our next phase of recruitment in Scotland. We’re committed to supporting the NHS and communities in the Highlands, Islands & Moray.
“Our local partnerships, support from HIE and the commitment to medical technology from the Scottish Government were big factors in ODx deciding to place these jobs in Inverness rather than overseas.”
He added that the new roles and the creation of jobs in the region will help the local economy as Scotland tackles the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
ODx, who received £1.75 million from the Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) when they relocated last year, have been supporting the NHS’s COVID-19 response with offers of its analytics equipment, and its expertise in setting up clinical testing on the Inverness Campus.
This will be the second jobs boost for the Highlands region after technology outsourcing firm Capgemini was awarded a five-year contract to operate the Ministry of Defence’s IT Service Centre in Inverness and Dingwall.
The chief executive of HIE, Charlotte Wright said it was good news for the region. When ODx established its centre on Inverness Campus, it was anticipated that there would be 30 new jobs over the following three years, but the new announcement will raise that level to over 90 new jobs in a year.
“Inverness and the Highlands and Islands more widely is increasingly recognised for its growing life sciences sector. ODx is at the heart of this. Their work fits well with the collaborative and innovative ethos of Inverness Campus, as demonstrated in the efforts to tackle Covid-19, and we are very pleased to see the company grow in the region,” she said.
Ivan McKee, the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation told of Scotland’s global recognition for the ground-breaking work conducted in the region’s life sciences sector, and the role of investors in the creation of new jobs.
“It’s wonderful to see one of them expanding in this hugely exciting sector,” he said.
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