Scottish Stem Cell Network Launch New Community Website to Help Grow Life Science Industry

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The Scottish Stem Cell Network have launched a new website aimed at assisting the growth of Scotland's world leading stem cell industry through better communication and collaboration via the websites extensive membership functionality.

"The website is visually attractive and engaging and offers a greatly improved experience for our members"

The Scottish Stem Cell Network (SSCN) have launched a new member focused website to assist in the networks role of facilitating communication, learning and collaboration amongst the stem cell and regenerative medicine community – one which is anticipated to be worth £40.2 billion worldwide by 2015, tripling its current value.

Developed by Stirling based web design and software developers Web Wise Business, the website provides both a public facing side, filled with information on stem cell research and therapies, and a members-only community area.

Operating at the forefront of one of Scotland’s growing new areas in an already internationally recognised Life Sciences industry, SSCN consider the new website to be a key resource for sustaining the development of the national stem cell community and educating those with an interest in the area.

"Our new website is a crucial part of our business and provides one of the main mechanisms for our members to connect and interact. Web Wise Business worked closely with us, interpreted our needs and produced a website we are very pleased with" said SSCN CEO Kevin Price.

"The website is visually attractive and engaging and offers a greatly improved experience for our members" adds Price.

“The site provides a number of interactive resources and functionality for members to make the most of” Andrew Steel, Business Development Manager at Web Wise Business explains.

“Of note are the centralised knowledge base of collected documents, studies, reports and presentations relating to various areas of stem cell research and commercialisation, and a facility for members to search for institutions and organisations operating within the stem cell community, based on both geographic location and specific skill sets via a mapped capability directory.”

Steel added, “We were delighted to work with SSCN on such an interesting project in an exciting and important area of research, not to mention one which Scotland is leading the innovation and development of.”

“We look forward to continuing to work with SSCN towards their aim of developing a “first port of call” for the UK and global stem cells community.”

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About SSCN

Scottish Stem Cell Network (SSCN) brings together scientists and clinicians in order to improve the rate at which laboratory research translates into therapeutic benefits for patients. SSCN works with the entire stem cells community in Scotland, including academic institutions, clinical and industry-based research groups, as well as suppliers in the field.

SSCN is funded by Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian, along with the European Regional Development Fund and via our corporate sponsors Invitrogen, Millipore, Marks & Clerk and DLA Piper. Since its launch in 2003, the Network has grown from strength to strength and currently boasts over 1000 members.

The Network provides international organisations with easy access to stem cell researchers in Scotland, engages with the general public and informs open debate at home and abroad.

About Web Wise Business

Web Wise Business is the web design and development side of Scottish software development firm Objective Associates Ltd. The company specialises in the development of sophisticated web and online systems that integrate into websites to simplify business processes and improve efficiency. Beyond this, the company provide expert DotNetNuke DNN development, bespoke Adobe AIR applications, business intranet systems and e-commerce solutions.

Based in Stirling, Scotland, Web Wise Business services clients of all sizes, throughout the UK and abroad, from private sector multinational organisations, to SME’s and the public sector.

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