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Edinburgh Innovations is representing the University of Edinburgh at a meeting of 10 leading universities from the UK, US and EU and international decision-makers to harness research and commercialisation to support the post-Covid economic recovery.

Dr George Baxter, CEO of Edinburgh Innovations, is joined by counterparts from institutions including MIT, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford at the inaugural event of TenU, a recently established transatlantic research commercialisation collaboration, funded by Research England.

Talks with decision-makers

The commercialisation leaders will discuss with officials from governments and funding bodies how best to translate public investment in research into new products, businesses and jobs.

In addition to best practice discussions, the TenU event will review current government and national policy hot topics, including the US bipartisan bill “Endless Frontier Act” and the UK Government’s R&D Roadmap, which addresses research and innovation support and policy.

“Following the recent establishment of TenU, it’s good to be speaking as a group with those who can help us maximise the impact from research.


“Universities have been at the heart of tackling the Covid-19 crisis, and we can also be at the heart of helping the economic recovery.”


– Dr George Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Edinburgh Innovations.

Leading speakers

Speakers at today’s event include Walter Copan, the US Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology who is also the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; David Goldston, MIT’s Washington DC Office Director, and David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England.

Leaders of the technology transfer offices (TTOs) of all the TenU universities will be present: the universities of Cambridge (UK), Columbia (USA), Edinburgh (UK), Imperial College London (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Manchester (UK), MIT (USA), Oxford (UK), Stanford (USA), and University College London (UK).

“It is even more important now to work together to tackle the challenges of economic recovery, and to learn from each other on both policy and practice.


“TenU has already created good transatlantic relationships with university TTOs and policy makers, and I know we can call on US experts, as they can call on us. I look forward to continuing this collaborative working partnership to address these challenges together.”


– David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England.

Global impact

The commercialisation and technology transfer offices of universities work with academic researchers to develop their ideas, technologies and inventions into opportunities for industry and investors to benefit economies and societies at a global scale.

Researchers and tech transfer teams of the TenU universities have been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.

Covid fight

Since the early stages of the pandemic, several TenU members have supported the quick design and production of breathing devices for Covid patients, advanced some of the most widely used rapid testing devices, and have led vaccine development.

The University of Edinburgh has nearly 100 research projects under way relating to Covid-19 in collaboration with external organisations. The projects range from medicine and manufacturing to wellbeing and financial resilience.

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