Funding included £313,000 from HIE
A major employer in Inverness has been given £2.3m in government funding to help it develop a new product.
Medical company Lifescan Scotland - which is owned by Johnson and Johnson - has 223 staff and plans to recruit nine more.
Scottish government assistance of £2m will go towards the manufacture of test strips for monitoring blood glucose.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), a government agency, has also awarded Lifescan £313,000.
The funding was announced during a visit to Inverness by Finance Secretary John Swinney.
He said: "LifeScan's decision to manufacture this new product in Inverness is a major vote of confidence in Scotland's world-renowned life science industry.
"It safeguards more than 200 vital jobs for the Highlands economy, creates new posts and gives staff the opportunity to showcase the excellence of Scottish life sciences on a global stage."
Mr Swinney also attended a conference on climate change threats faced by island communities and formally launched national business advice service Business Gateway's first shop in Inverness.