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Science and law link up in new group

29 November 2010

A new group aimed at fostering knowledge transfer between Scotland’s life science cluster and the country’s legal professionals has been launched.

The Life Sciences and Law Network (LSLN) is the first of its kind in Scotland and is also believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. It will operate on a virtual level with a web presence and also via a series of events that will allow lawyers and scientists to discuss and debate topical areas.

The initiative follows the successful collaboration of the WS Society with Nexxus, Scotland’s life science network, in an event earlier this year. Attended by a wide range of representatives from life sciences and the legal profession, it quickly became clear that the interaction of science and the law were of more than passing interest to the audience, and the idea for the group was born.

Graeme Boyle, Director of Nexxus said: “In forming this forward thinking partnership with the WS Society, Nexxus aims to help promote better understanding of life sciences to the legal profession and enhance interaction between the two.”

Robert Pirrie, Chief Executive of the WS Society added: “The law and science are two very complex areas and anything which can be done to give a better understanding of each to the other is to be welcomed. Lawyers will benefit greatly from an increased understanding of the complexities and needs of scientists and accordingly be better equipped to act in life science matters.”

Membership of the new group is open to members of the life science community and the legal profession in Scotland. A series of events is planned for early in the new year. Further information about joining the group may be obtained from Anna Greig, Director, Professional Services, the WS Society (t: 0131 225 0659; e:, or Graeme Boyle, Director, Nexxus (t: 0141 330 5381; e:

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