Dr John Lonsdale has taken up the new post of Edinburgh Innovations’ Head of Enterprise Services.

Lonsdale leads a new team bringing together EI’s technology transfer and enterprise development activities, which include licensing University intellectual property and creating startup and spinout companies.

Income generation

The team has ambitious targets for company creation and for increased commercialisation of IP, which generates income for Schools and research groups as well as contributing to the University’s wider economic impact.

Lonsdale joins from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he was Director of Innovation and Enterprise.

“It’s exciting to join a University ranked among the best in the world and with such a successful history of commercialisation. The team at Edinburgh Innovations has exceptional experience and credibility in the enterprise and tech transfer ecosystems, and I look forward to helping increase the transformation of University ideas into benefit for society and the economy.”


– Dr John Lonsdale, Head of Enterprise Services, Edinburgh Innovations

The University has ambitious targets for company creation, in part linked to the recently announced Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The University is leading the £1.3 billion deal’s Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) programme, which aims to enable 400 data-centric startup companies over 15 years.

As part of the DDI programme, EI will drive increased company creation by students and staff, the delivery of executive education programmes and expansion of University partnerships with commercial and public sector organisations.

“My immediate goals include seeking new potential across academic disciplines and venture types, expanding the IP portfolio and aligning our priorities with those of the Data-Driven Innovation programme,” said Dr Lonsdale.

At UCLan, Dr Lonsdale led the transformation of a knowledge transfer service into a new innovation and enterprise function. His doctoral research focussed on academic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems in universities, and he has commercial experience gained with Rolls-Royce plc and National Nuclear Laboratory.

“John has an impressive record and a clear vision for the direction we want to move in. The Enterprise Services team has an exciting future delivering new routes to impact for the University, and I’m delighted to have John leading that work.”


– Dr George Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Edinburgh Innovations

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