Up to 30 new jobs will be created in Inverness as part of a new project which uses artificial intelligence.

The jobs will be located Inverness Campus, an enterprise area for life sciences introduced by Scottish Government.

The joint venture led by Danish digital health company Corporate Health International (CHI) has been awarded a £1.3 million grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The project will develop technology using a video camera capsule which can take up to 400,000 images of the gastrointestinal tract, eliminating the need for invasive investigation techniques.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and NHS Highland are working with CHI on the project, a diagnostics centre in the region which will create up to thirty jobs by 2021.

“The Highlands have proven to be a fertile environment for service innovation; receptive to solutions that serve patients better as well as a welcoming pool of knowledge and expertise,” said CHI co-founder Dr Hagen Wenzek.

“And, thanks to the partnership with HIE, we are confident that planting our UK operations in that environment will grow CorporateHealth as expected.”

James Cameron, Head of Life Science at HIE, added: “This project reflects the collaborative spirit on Inverness Campus where companies work closely with the health service and others to produce innovative products and services and improves healthcare delivery.

“This service can be done through local GPs and avoids the need for patients to travel considerable distances to Inverness from rural communities around the region.”