Product Pipeline


A showcase of some of the exciting technology and research that is currently being advanced by the University's industry partners and spin-out companies.

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Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) is one of the leading specialists in the commercialisation of university-based technologies in the UK. The ‘product pipeline’ is a showcase of some of our industry partners and spin-out companies that have advanced recent University research and technology.  Listings of the technologies and companies are featured below along with links to additional information and case studies.

Company

Product/Technology

Stage

  • Active Motif, Inc. »

    Active Motif develops and provides innovative research tools designed to help researchers elucidate the function, genetic & epigenetic regulation and interactions of genes and their encoded proteins.

    Location: California, USA
    • HypoMethylCollector™ »

      Market

      HypoMethylCollector™ is a novel technology used for the positive identification of unmethylated DNA fragments. The kit specifically enriches for DNA that contains unmethylated CpG islands using a CXXC binding domain from mouse Mbd1, enabling researchers to identify hypomethylated promoter regions and compare differences in normal vs. diseased samples.

      Year licensed: 2008
  • Actual Analytics Ltd »

    Specialists in software that analyses behaviour for use in preclinical trials.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • iBehave technology »

      Market

      Software to automate the analysis of animal behaviour.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Aquamarine Power Ltd »

    Specialists in wave power technology. Company formed in 2005.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Wave Energy Converter technology »

      Market

      Company is no longer developing original device. Currently developing full size Oyster 800 machine generating power at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Oyster 1 installed 2009. Oyster 800 in 2012.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Aquila BioMedical Ltd »

    A specialised contract research organisation that provides novel technologies developed at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine to the Pharmaceutical Industry for drug discovery and development.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • MBP Tracker Model »

      Market

      Unique platform of drug testing technologies for multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disease.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • Avacta Animal Health »

    Provides point of care technology and laboratory services to veterinary practices. Previously York Test Veterinary Services Ltd.

    Location: Wetherby, UK
    • ELISA for dog allergies »

      Market

      The university isolated and provided the company with the staph pseudintermedius antigen so they were able to develop the ELISA, which measures serum antibody levels to staph pseudintermedius in dogs (elevated IgE levels to staph indicate staph hypersensitivity reactions). This ELISA test aids vets in the management of allergies.

      Year licensed: 2008
  • Biogen Idec, Inc. »

    American biotechnology company specializing in drugs for neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer.

    Location: USA
    • Hepatitis B subunit vaccine »

      Market

      A vaccine developed for the prevention of Hepatitis B virus infection.

      Year licensed: 1981
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. »

    Global manufacturer and supplier of antibodies, kits and reagents.

    Location: Kidlington, UK
    • Monoclonal antibodies for veterinary species »

      In development

      Through a combination of in-house product development and collaboration with global leaders in veterinary research Bio-Rad (formerly AbD Serotec) brings reagents to market that enable scientists to investigate the activation and regulation of the immune system. Our customers’ research benefits the agricultural sector and the general public through improved animal welfare, animal production and food security.

      Year licensed: 2013
  • Blackford Analysis Ltd »

    Specialists in software technology for radiologists.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Data analysis technology »

      Market

      Technology was patented from the University was used to develop software derived from algorithms to interpret immense datasets, originally derived from astrophysics. This technology have since been developed and advanced by Blackford Analysis. The technology has since been applied to the energy, medical, aviation, and defence industries.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • CereProc Ltd »

    Specialists in text to speech technology.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Charles Rivers Laboratories, Inc. »

    Specialists in tailored research models and laboratory animal support services, and preclinical and clinical support services.

    Location: USA
    • P110 Models »

      Market

      Transgenic mice developed to investigate the biological roles of various members of the PI3K family of enzymes. This research tool has been vital to research in cancer and inflammatory diseases. The research project was a collaboration between University of Edinburgh, Charles Rivers Laboratories and The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Cytec Industries Inc. »

    A multi-national R&D and manufacturing company (member of the Solvay Group), active in specialty chemicals, engineered materials, polymers and additives for a wide range of industries.

    Location: Woodland Park, New Jersey, USA
    • Reagents for cobal and nickel recovery »

      In development

      Synergistic mixtures of neutral N-donor heterocycles and organics acids which allow for efficient recovery of nickel and cobalt from laterite ores.

      Year licensed: 2015
  • DestiNA Genomics Ltd »

    A University of Edinburgh spin-out company, formed to commercialise a revolutionary chemical based system for detecting nucleic acids and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • New chemistry for molecular diagnostics »

      In development

      Patented ‘SMART Nucleobases’ are used to ensure error free detection of nucleic acids, in conjunction with customised probes with a blank nucleotide position. SMART base incorporation is measured by Mass Spectrometry, flourescence or colourmetric detection systems.

      Development of the SMART Base toolbox is progressing, and testing across a wide range of detection platforms underway, including a development agreement with ST Microelectronics and their ‘lab-on-chip’ platform, and a second agreement with colourimetric based platform supplier.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Edinburgh Biosciences Ltd »

    The company seeks to exploit advances in optical science and technology in the area of bioscience applications.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Epi-flourescence surface scanner (EFSCAN) »

      In development

      Epi-fluorescence surface scanner is an instrument for in situ detection of protein contamination of surgical instruments.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • EMD Millipore »

    Specialists in biomanufacturing and life science research.

    Location: USA
    • BOB93 antibodies »

      Market

      The BOB93 antibody is an example of a discriminative tool for detection of apoptotic neutrophils.

      Year licensed: 2009
    • BOB78 antibodies »

      Market

      Year licensed: 2009
    • Plet-1 antibodies »

      Market

      Year licensed: 2009
    • Antibodies to CENP-B »

      Market

      Year licensed: 2005
    • MBD-1 & MBD antibodies »

      Market

      Year licensed: 2000
  • Fios Genomics Ltd »

    Provider of a range of data analysis services for all 'omics technologies. Typical customers include pharmaceutical companies, CROs and academia for drug discovery & development and applied research in health, ecology and agriculture. Data analysis and interpretation is performed across all species.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Microarray gene expression data »

      Market

      Proprietary technology allows Fios Genomics to provide automated microarray analysis, and to measure millions of genes simultaneously. This technology is used internally to provide their service to clients.

      Year licensed: 2008
  • Flexpansion Ltd »

    Specialists in phone apps for predictive typing.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Flexible text expansion software »

      Market

      App for android phones and tables that expands abbreviations and predicts words during typing.

      Year licensed: 2009
  • Freeman Technology Ltd »

    Specialise in providing instruments for the measurements and behavioural characterisation of powders.

    Location: Tewkesbury, UK
    • Uniaxial Powder Tester »

      Market

      Analytical equipment that delivers automated, highly repeatable measurements of the intrinsic properties of bulk solids and provides a cost effective alternative to traditional powder testing techniques.

      Year licensed: 2015
  • Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. »

    Multidisciplinary, geoenvironmental consulting and testing services for engineering, earth science and environmental projects.

    Location: Guelph, Canada
    • Self-sustaining treatment for active remediation »

      Market

      Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) is an in situ remediation technique that uses smoldering combustion – the type of combustion that turns charcoal into ash in your barbeque grill – to quickly and efficiently destroy contaminants such as coal tar, creosote, petroleum, hydrocarbons, oils and greases, mineral oil, and solvents.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Hycult biotechnology B.V. »

    Hycult Biotech designs, develops, produces and markets antibodies, antibody based products and more specifically immunoassays for Innate Immunity and directly related fields, with an emphasis on complement, neutrophil proteins, Toll-like receptors, scavenger receptors and acute phase proteins.

    Location: Uden, Netherlands
    • BOB93 antibodies »

      Market

      The BOB93 antibody is an example of a discriminative tool for detection of apoptotic neutrophils.

      Year licensed: 2004
  • Illumina Digital Ltd »

    Multi-platform production company. Now a part of Digital Life Sciences Ltd.

    Location: London, UK
    • Combilex RP/GA subset lexicons »

      Market

      Lexicons developed at the University of Edinburgh was used for a project commissioned by the BBC all about learning about the phonics of words. The end result was an online tool for exploring the correspondence between sounds and letters in different accents.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • Immunogenes AG »

    ImmunoGenes produces monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies using the IMG-AbS™ platform technology. ImmunoGenes' also offers a variety of customized transgenic solutions in a number of different animal models, including mice and rabbits, by microinjecting large genomic fragments at its state-of-the-art facility.

    Location: Hungary & New York, USA
    • FcRn technology »

      Market

      ImmunoGenes' patented technology platform IMG-AbS™, is an FcRn technology using genetically modified animals that overexpress the neonatal Fc Receptor (FcRn). Because of FcRn's role in antigen presentation, the company's animals are able to mount a strong immune response against weakly immunogenic targets.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Interface3 Ltd »

    Digital agency based in Edinburgh specialising in educational games and developing new digital technologies.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • FindMe App »

      Market

      FindMe is a simple app-based game designed for pre-school age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically those who are most severely affected by social and communication deficits, including children who are completely non-verbal with very limited social interactions or play skills.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. »

    Biopharmaceutical company specialising in Humaneered® monoclonal antibodies to treat inflammatory diseases or cancer.

    Location: San Francisco, USA
    • Human glioma-derived neural stem (GNS) cell lines »

      In development

      KaloBios is developing a humaneered® anti-EphA3 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of hematologic malignancies and solid tumours.

      Year licensed: 2011
  • Lab21 Ltd »

    Lab21 Diagnostic Products supplies diagnostic kits and reagents that are distributed into over 115 countries globally, focusing on infectious diseases for blood donor screening and routine clinical markets.

    Location: Newmarket, Suffolk
    • MSP-2 »

      Market

      E.coli cell lines to produce recombinant Merozoite Surface Proteins 2A and B were licensed to the company to be used for the development of an serological test for the detection of antibodies to malaria causing parasites.

      Year licensed: 2005
  • Later Life Training Ltd »

    A non-profit making organisation that provides evidence based training for a wide variety of professions working with older people.

    Location: Killin, Scotland
    • Training materials »

      Market

      The intellectual property of the evidence base covered in the later life training course was licensed from the University of Edinburgh.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Merck Serono S.A. »

    Specialists in the therapeutic areas of oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, fertility and endocrinology, along with rheumatology. Formerly the Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute.

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Use of LH in overian hyperstimulation »

      In development

      Year licensed: 2006
  • Mobile Acuity Ltd »

    Specialists in visual search technology solutions for mobile devices

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Particle Analytics Ltd »

    A University of Edinburgh spin-out company, providing cutting-edge technology solutions that enhances particle and industrial bulk solids simulation.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Particle analysis software »

      In development

      Software for the preparation, visualisation and analysis of particles and industrial bulk solids simulation data.

      Year licensed: 2015
  • Pufferfish Ltd »

    Specialists in spherical multimedia display systems based in Edinburgh

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • pureLiFi Ltd »

    A University of Edinburgh spin-out company purely focussed on Visible Light Communications (VLC) technology.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Visible light communication »

      In development

      This technology allows standard LED light bulbs to be turned into high speed wireless communications devices.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • Raft Solutions Ltd »

    Innovative research, advanced breeding and training solutions for food sustainability.

    Location: Ripon, UK
    • Measuring sperm motility »

      In development

      Differential Dynamic Microscopy technique to measure sperm motility. A high-throughput technique that gives high statistics in a matter of minutes using low-cost equipment.

      Year licensed: 2014
  • Rockliffe Systems, Inc. »

    Specialists in building high quality mobile communication software for service providers, enterprises and consumers.

    Location: California, USA
    • IMS PRO Software for incorporation into MailSite »

      Market

      Year licensed: 2009
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry »

    An independent and inclusive economics development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland.

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland
    • Educational Materials »

      Market

      Set of teacher notes and pupil activities for delivery of science workshops exploring the relationship between energy, power generation and climate change.

      Materials investigate contemporary ground-breaking developments in science and engineering such as Carbon Capture and Storage.

      Year licensed: 2013
  • SDI Productions Ltd »

    The production and distribution platform of Scottish Documentary Institute, a research centre for documentary at Edinburgh College of Art/ University of Edinburgh.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Stem Cell Revolutions documentary »

      Market

      A documentary about the history, evolution, and 'real science' of stem cell research
      made in close collaboration between filmmakers and scientists.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • sensewhere Ltd »

    Software technology company specialising in geo-positioning technology in mobile telecommunications.  Formerly known as Satsis, sensewhere was founded in 2005 as a spin-out company from the University of Edinburgh.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Locating electro-magnetic signal sources »

      Market

      Software allowing the provision of positioning and location-based data without the use of GPS. Products include:

      • Adwhere: a marketing application enabling various commercial activities involving context targeted advertising and promotions.
      • Snapp!: free social mapping application.
      • Geowhere: a geo-fencing application offering safety and security features.
      Year licensed: 2011
  • Sensory Software Intl. Ltd »

    Produce software to help people with disabilities.

    Location: Malvern, UK
    • CALLtalk »

      Market

      Sensory software designed primary for school children.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • ShapeSpace Ltd »

    Specialists in the development of world-leading search technology for CAD and PLM.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • ShapeSpace software product »

      Market

      Software that improves the scope and capability in search Product Data in a business. The original ShapeSpace software has since been developed to provide more advanced and bespoke services for clients.

      Year licensed: 2007
  • Sigray Tech »

    Involved in the production of mobile apps for the physiological and psychological wellbeing of young adults.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Critter Jam mobile app »

      In development

      A location-based exergame to encourage children to take more physical activity.

      Year licensed: 2015
  • Simedics Ltd »

    Specialists in providing digital products and media publishing that are innovating healthcare and public sector services.

    Location: Skipton, UK
    • Dermofit »

      Market

      Educational and diagnostic aid for skin lesions. App for tablet devices.

      Year licensed: 2014
  • Skoogmusic Ltd »

    Specialists in musical instruments designed for people with learning or physical disabilities.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Sound generating ‘skoog’ device »

      Market

      The Skoog is the main product produced by the company. It is a sound generating  interactive music device designed for people with any degree or combination of physical, mental or behavioural difficulties. It is a soft, squeezable object that can connect to a computer. By touching, pressing, squashing, twisting or tapping the skoog, you can play a wide range of instruments, intuitively.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Sofant Technologies Ltd »

    Smart antenna and tunable RF solutions for mobile devices.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Steerable antenna for wireless communications »

      In development

      Tunable RF modules for wireless devices.

      Year licensed: 2012
  • Synaptic Systems GmbH »

    Providers of antibodies in neuroscience and cell biology.

    Location: Goettingen, Germany
    • Monoclonal Mouse Antibody: JMJD6 MAB »

      Market

      The nuclear protein Jmjd 6 belongs to the family Jumonji domain containing proteins and catalyses the lysyl-hydroxylation of the splicing factor U2AF65. This influences alternative splicing of several endogenous and reporter genes.
      In addition it has been shown to mediate the lysyl-hydroxylation of histones suggesting an implication in epigenetic regulation of gene expression or chromosomal rearrangements.

      Year licensed: 2013
  • TheoryMine Ltd »

    Website providing personalised, newly discovered, mathematical theorems as novelty gifts.

    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • IsaWannaThm technology »

      Market

      IsaWannaThmm creates a large number of novel recursive theories and uses some external software to invent and prove interesting theorems about them.

      Year licensed: 2010
  • Ultra Dynamics Pty. Ltd »

    Specialising in process control enhancements, electronic monitoring equipment and general consultancy for power generation, mining and manufacturing and all heavy industry.

    Location: Australia
    • Edinburgh Cohesion Tester »

      Market

      Technology to enable the rapid assessment of a coal’s handling characteristics.

      Year licensed: 2011
  • UV03 »

    Specialists in UV disinfection and water treatment.

    Location: Saint Ives, UK
    • Kinetic-CLIP system »

      In development

      A machine that uses UV irradiation to forge covalent cross-linkages between RNA substrates and proteins for their study at a 50-fold higher efficiency.

      Year licensed: 2013
  • Yale University »

    Yale University is a large USA research university, based on a 342-acre central campus in New Haven, Connecticut.

    Location: USA
    • E. Coli lysogen »

      Market

      A new E.coli lysogen for the production of high efficiency restriction deficient in vitro lambda packaging extracts.

      Year licensed: 1993

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