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Edinburgh Innovations

The University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service
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At Edinburgh Innovations we benefit society and the economy by helping researchers, students and industry drive innovation.
We seek opportunities, we build partnerships, we make the journey easy, and we add value at every stage.

We have helped hundreds of organisations, employees, researchers and students turn their innovative ideas into successful projects and thriving businesses.

Contact us to find out how we can help you.

Babcock and University building world-first research facility

Babcock International and the University of Edinburgh are jointly building a £2.4 million engineering research facility to speed the development of materials and structures for tidal energy, transport and other industries. FASTBLADE will be the first facility in the world designed to carry out large-scale accelerated testing of composite structures such as tidal blades, aircraft components and bridge sections. Edinburgh Innovations helped bring the two parties together and develop the strategic relationship, which accelerated after our Fast Forward event where the University showcased its expertise. We also helped secure a £1.4 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for the project. Read more on FASTBLADE or access our services for industry below.

MRC funds trial of novel treatment for advanced cancer symptoms

Researchers were awarded almost £1 million by the Medical Research Council for a clinical study of a novel approach to treating advanced cancer symptoms that could improve quality of life for patients. The Biomedical Catalyst grant awarded to the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh will be supported by a collaboration with XBiotech, a global biosciences company based in Austin, Texas, which is supplying the treatment product, bermekimab. Edinburgh Innovations supported the University team in development of the project including liaising with XBiotech, project partners and the MRC to fund the study. Read more on the bermekimab trial or access our services for staff.

Graduates’ consultancy helps businesses tackle tech ethics

Two philosophy masters graduates are the founders of a consultancy to help businesses navigate the growing ethical challenges of using artificial intelligence and other burgeoning technology. Ethical Intelligence, launched by Olivia Gamelin and Anna van Oosterzee, has assembled a team of 15 ethics experts and has provided services for the Scottish Government, global investment firm Franklin Templeton and the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Innovations helped the pair connect with essential advisers including lawyers and accountants and helped them access funding. We also hosted and supported them through our 12-week Summer Startup Accelerator programme. Read more about Ethical Intelligence or access our services for students.