About Us

Edinburgh Innovations, the innovation management service for the University of Edinburgh.

We are Edinburgh Innovations. With partners, we explore opportunities, build ideas and deliver results for industry and the University of Edinburgh. We do this by promoting the research, technology and facilities at the University and use our expertise to manage and develop industry partnerships.

We are committed to delivering a service that drives benefit for industry and society in line with the strategic goals and ambitions of the University of Edinburgh.



GEORGE BAXTER - Chief Executive Officer

After completing a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry at Glasgow University, Dr George Baxter spent 15 years in sales, marketing and business management with ICI and then AstraZeneca running a number of international businesses. George then joined the North West Development Agency in 2003 as Director of Science and Innovation. Over the next eight years, NWDA led a number of major economic development initiatives including Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, the formation of the N8 group and the Innovation Strategy for the NW of England. He then joined Salford University as Professor of Innovation and Enterprise and subsequently Director of Research and Enterprise. George moved to the University of Nottingham to lead their Directorate of Business Engagement, merged this with the Research Support Office and led the joint operation before moving to Edinburgh Innovations in 2016.

GORDON DONALD - Chief Operating Officer

Gordon Donald is an experienced company and business development director with a 30-year record spearheading revenue growth, strategies and improved performance. Initially beginning his experience in the military, Gordon then moved onto the international oil and gas sector before venturing into the public, energy, telecoms, finance and utility sectors as a principal and managing consultant. Gordon’s past roles have also included: engineering and operations management and director for large capital programmes, before joining Edinburgh Innovations in 2016.

CHRIS COPE - Chief Financial Officer

As a qualified accountant, Chris started his career with Scottish & Newcastle, where he conducted a review of retail and wholesale businesses throughout the UK. The following 11 years were spent with multinational Schlumberger, including five years in France, in a number of Financial Controller positions. Chris then joined the management team at an Edinburgh-based SME that was acquired in a management buyout in 2010, and subsequently successfully sold. Chris has been with Edinburgh Innovations since 2016.

Aileen Appleyard

Aileen Appleyard

Head of Consultancy & Business Services

Keith Finlayson

Keith Finlayson

Head of Industrial Commercialisation and Business Development

Ian Sharp

Ian Sharp

Head of Marketing and Engagement

The Edinburgh Innovations story


First Automated Industrial Assembly Robot (Freddy)

The University of Edinburgh formed the Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Liaison to promote and encourage collaborations with business. In the same year, the University developed the first Automated Industrial Assembly Robot (Freddy).

Pioneering use of amniocentesis tests in prenatal screenings discovered


New generation of deep-sea diving communications systems

Wolfson Microelectronics Institute develop new generation of deep-sea diving communications systems.

First artificial vaccine against Hepatitis B

Professor Ken Murray develops the first artificial vaccine against Hepatitis B

Bioscot Ltd

One of Scotland’s first biotechnology companies, Bioscot Ltd, spins out from the University with collaboration from Heriot Watt.

First speech-driven word processor developed


Award-winning Smart Wheelchair developed by the University

Award-winning Smart Wheelchair developed by the University’s Paul Nisbet in the University of Edinburgh’s CALL Scotland

VLSI Vision Ltd spins out to revolutionise the digital camera industry.

VLSI Vision Ltd spins out revolutionising the digital camera industry. The technology developed made the miniaturisation of video cameras a reality and created a wide variety of new applications for this technology, including digital cameras within mobile phones.

A joint spin-out from the University of Edinburgh and Napier University develops world's smallest TV screen

The world’s smallest television screen is developed by MicroEmissive Displays Ltd, a joint spin-out from the University of Edinburgh and Napier University

University start-up Pufferfish is commissioned by Coldplay

British rock band Coldplay commission University spherical display start-up Pufferfish for their ‘Viva la Vida’ world tour

FanDuel launches and Skoog spins out

Startup FanDuel launches in July to become the pioneer and global market leader in one-day fantasy sports. Skoogmusic Ltd. spins out to commercialise the Skoog, a ground-breaking musical instrument designed to empower those unable to play traditional instruments

pureLiFi spins out

pureLiFi spins out to deliver and develop LiFi communication technology

Two Big Ears success

Facebook acquires virtual reality audio start-up Two Big Ears


After 48 years of innovations and global success stories, Edinburgh Innovations continues to promote the research expertise, technology and facilities at the University to businesses, in order to develop long term strategic partnerships with industry.


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