Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation


Knowledge Exchange and Communication (KEC) is a key contributor towards our aim of producing research with applications and impact outside of the research community.

KEC activities in both the School of Biological Sciences and the Roslin Institute are supported by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI), a UK leader in commercialising research and entrepeneurship.

We offer services to business and industry that facilitate engagement with the forefront of Agri-Tech and life sciences research. Our active research groups, state of the art laboratories and world-leading analytical, veterinary hospital and farming facilities can support and benefit industrial partners.

We have extensive experience of working with industry and can collaborate in a variety of ways from the provision of specialist reagents to developing and running multi-party research programmes.

Research collaborations with the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agricultural sectors.
Expert advice and access to facilities for a range of clients, from government agencies, to SMEs and large corporations.
Innovative tools and technologies developed by our researchers available for licensing and further commercial development.
Technologies that can be made available at no cost to make it as easy as possible for industry, entrepreneurs and the public for ready access to our inventions.
Support for staff and student entrepeneurs who would like to start their own business.

Business development team

Dedicated business development teams from ERI are embedded within SBS and Roslin and are the primary point of contact for all aspects of industrial interaction.

Alice Barrier
Business Development Executive
Roslin Institute / Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Telephone +44 (0)131 651 9184 |
Adam Irvine
Business Development Executive
School of Biological Sciences
Telephone +44 (0)131 650 7024 |