Emblation CEO wins prestigious life sciences honour

From modest start-up roots, he has delivered global sales for our flagship Swift device, attracted eight-figure investment, and significantly grown the headcount, all while masterminding delivery of our showpiece new HQ.

Gary was awarded the prestigious Business Leadership Award at Scotland’s Life Sciences Annual Awards and Dinner on the 14 March 2024, the pinnacle event for the sector celebrating its key contributors for over 20 years.

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Gary said: “From the outset, our mission at Emblation has been driven by a commitment to create superior treatments that provide solutions to patients suffering from a range of debilitating skin conditions.

“It’s been an incredible journey, I’ve been able to witness the growth of our team from the early days of a startup, to where we stand today – achieving record-breaking growth.

“Knowing that Swift has been used in more than 350,000 treatments around the world fills me with immense pride and gratitude of our work so far, but our ground-breaking work in skin cancer is where I believe we will truly make our mark in global healthcare.

“I’m honoured to have won such a prestigious award, it was a fantastic evening seeing all the brilliant minds that are leading the life science sector come together and be recognised for their efforts over the last 12 months.”

The celebration event took place at The Hilton Glasgow highlighted and celebrated the major contributions of Scottish people working in the life sciences sector to society.

Gary added: “Last year was a landmark for us, breaking all our financial records with an 86% jump in revenue, it was a clear sign of our team’s incredible spirit and hard work, to ensure our technology is market-leading and the go-to solution for clinicians globally.

“Additionally, relocating our entire team to the new headquarters was a huge undertaking, but the payoff has been incredible. It’s been a significant move, but the positive impact it’s having on our team dynamics and potential for expansion is undeniable and 2024 is another year with great potential for growth for us.”

Emblation was established by Gary Beale and Eamon McErlean, who met during their postgraduate studies in Edinburgh. In 2016, they made an innovative contribution to the podiatry sector by launching Swift®, which has gone from strength to strength since.

In 2021, we received a major investment from Apposite Capital, a London-based healthcare investment firm, which fuelled its rapid global growth and led to the formation of Emblation USA by acquiring a distribution company. This investment also enabled the creation of new subsidiaries in Canada and Germany and expansion into over 20 additional countries.