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Highlights from the heart of an expanding Campus

Roslin Innovation Centre opened for business in August 2017 and three years on, our unique business gateway continues to be a hotbed of growth, entrepreneurship and collaboration within the innovation environment of the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus. 

As at August 2020, our occupancy was over 75% and we have accommodated 31 tenant companies ranging from established local and multinational organisations, start-ups and spin-outs, to charities and University business units. 

We are pleased to say that our tenants have all risen to the challenges of 2020 with their innovative energy and entrepreneurial spirit, with several companies working collaboratively on COVID-19 related projects, gaining recognition for individual and company achievements and success in funding and investment taking them to the next levels of business growth and a brighter future in 2021 and beyond.


Highlights - year 4

Dr Ian Fotheringham, Managing Director and founder of Ingenza Ltd

Congratulations to our tenants, Thomas Farrugia CEO and founder of Beta Bugs Ltd and Ishani Malhotra founder and Managing Director of Carcinotech Ltd, both joining this development programme for talented, innovative and ambitious entrepreneurs.

The business founders joining Unlocking Ambition this year have been specifically chosen for their potential to contribute to Scotland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and Scotland’s journey towards a net zero economy.

View full list of entrepreneurs Unlocking Ambition


Dr Ian Fotheringham, Managing Director and founder of Ingenza Ltd

Many congratulations to Dr Ian Fotheringham, Managing Director and founder of Ingenza Ltd, who has been awarded an MBE for services to Industrial Biotechnology in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

This accolade recognises Ian’s position as a well-known industrial biotechnology expert. He originally gained extensive industrial experience within the Monsanto group based in the United States before founding Ingenza, the UK’s leading synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology company in 2003, 

The company is based at Roslin Innovation Centre and has grown organically, working across diverse sectors from fuels to biopharmaceuticals, as a result of its innovative technology platforms.


Clean Water Wave and Pure Water International Clean Aqua for Everyone (CAFE) filtration systems - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

This month we welcomed two companies working together to deliver bespoke water treatment technology with Clean Aqua For Everyone (CAFE) filtration systems.

Clean Water Wave blend advanced technology with robust engineering, to transform polluted ground and surface water into clean water, safe for consumption and discharge. A social enterprise, passionate about the environment with profits going to support low income communities with water issues, and research into oceanic pollution and climate change through the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey (GOES).

Pure Water International is a new innovative Scottish start-up providing safe, clean, sustainable, decentralised water packages. The team of highly experienced design, fabrication and installation professionals have extensive experience overseas, particularly in African markets. 


"There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic certainly made 2020 a challenging year for all of us and required Roslin Innovation Centre to implement new ways of working and operating within our public areas, lab and office space for the safety of our staff, tenants and visitors.  

"We would like to thank everyone for your positivity and collegiality as we continue to work together to address the challenges posed by COVID-19 during these uncertain times."

John Mackenzie, CEO, Roslin Innovation Centre