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Edinburgh Innovations

The University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service

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.

Edinburgh Innovations and the Covid-19 pandemic 

Edinburgh Innovations is working hard to drive innovation that can help the national effort to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and support the NHS. We are also endeavouring to leverage the University’s expertise to help businesses and public-sector bodies build resilience and ensure their longevity during and beyond the crisis.

Contact us to learn about the many ways we can help, or read more about what we’re doing to help you respond to the pandemic.

Industry

Explore the ways your organisation can work with Edinburgh Innovations to add value to your products and services.

Staff

Discover how Edinburgh Innovations can support you on your journey to commercialise your research and innovative ideas.

Students

Learn more about free services available to students designed to help you turn your entrepreneurial ideas into a successful business.

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.

L&G partnership to revolutionise care in later life

Legal & General, the UK’s largest pension fund investor, and the University of Edinburgh have agreed a major collaboration to improve understanding of care in later life and revolutionise how it is delivered. The agreement will establish the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), a seven-year multi-disciplinary research programme that is the first of its kind in the UK. ACRC will combine research across fields including medicine and other care professions, life sciences, engineering, informatics, data and social sciences. It will enable data-driven, personalised and affordable care that delivers independence, dignity and a high quality of life for people living in their own homes or in supported care environments. The ACRC will work in partnership with other top tier universities to engage multiple public and private stakeholders, as well as individuals in later life, their families and communities. It will operate in the public interest, forming a major new strand in L&G’s drive towards Inclusive Capitalism. Edinburgh Innovations led the industry engagement that resulted in the agreement, bringing together more than 50 academics from across the University to meet the identified need. ACRC will receive £20 million funding for research from Legal & General, marking the University’s largest industry investment of its kind and the largest to be confirmed as part of the Data-Driven Innovation initiative of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. Read more on the L&G partnership or find out how you can work with the University of Edinburgh 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.