Outreach Tenants

Creating impact and developing innovation in great company

Roslin Innovation Centre opened for business at the end of August 2017 with over 60% occupancy committed. Tenants are international in their outlook and are a good mix of established, local/multinational, start-up/spin out companies; charities and some internal University business units, all with innovation at their core. 

In the initial stages, we were joined by tenant companies relocating from local science and research parks and companies from within the Easter Bush Campus. We continue to welcome new tenants from around the globe including New Zealand, USA and Europe, to our office and lab space which can be customised to meet specific company needs.

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AbacusBio Ltd, international leaders in the application of science and technology in primary food production, building strong lasting relationships, by combining science and business expertise to grow clients’ revenue and profit. 

AbacusBio consultants moved in to our open-plan office space in August 2017 and from this UK base provide independent services and products to industry organisations, businesses, and investment groups.

The company's global reach gives the company a technical and strategic view of a wide range of challenges facing primary food production.

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Thomas Farrugia of Beta Bugs was announced as a Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellow in June 2018 following successful completion of the Unlocking Ambition Challenge. 

Beta Bugs accelerate insect evolution, creating new breeds of commercially farmed insects for the alternative protein industry and make them into next-gen crops that will drive a sustainable bio economy.

Roslin Innovation Centre is hosting the entrepreneurial start-up as part of this new programme supported by Scottish Government and RSE.

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Casta Spes Technologies build autonomous robots for perimeter surveillance and have joined us in our open-plan office space.

The company has developed  a robotic data capture platform, Mantis, which acts as an autonomous security guard. The modular and accessible vehicles are agile and stable on rough terrain, transmitting data using a dynamic surveillance platform.

CST provide an economical, high-performance solution for keeping people, property, grounds, farmland and livestock safer by plugging the gaps created by stationary cameras and aerial drones. 

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Censo Biotechnologies develops models of disease using cells from a diverse range of patients using its capabilities to generate induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs). 

The company enables the discovery and development of new targeted treatments for disease by utilising the power of stem cells; supporting global pharma and biotech industry in their search for new treatments for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

Following the closure of Roslin BioCentre, Censo Biotechnologies relocated to lab and office space at Roslin Innovation Centre in September 2018. 

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Cytochroma produce a range of stem cell derived liver models and tailored toxicity testing to support a variety of life science companies in the acceleration of drug discovery, making new medicine development faster and safer.

The company joined us in October 2018 and seek to address the increasingly expensive but less effective practices of drug discovery through developing stable, scale-able, reliable, DILI predictive human liver cells in a fast, cheap and sensitive screening method, which will accurately identify toxicity. 

Cytochroma is led by Kate Cameron, a current BBSRC funded RSE Enterprise Fellow hosted by Edinburgh Innovations, and a recent winner of the Higgs EDGE prize for innovation in science and technology, securing the top award of £150,000.

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Greengage Enlightened Farming joined us during our development phase in 'pop up incubator' space in 2015 and expanded this with an extra unit in 2016. The team have since relocated in stages to Roslin Innovation Centre.

Greengage delivers LED agricultural lighting, sensors and control systems for improved farming environments for poultry, pigs and cattle. 

The company is a leading global manufacturer of "ALIS" an LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting and induction power system.

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Ingenza Ltd, a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh founded in 2002, is led by a management team with over 25 years’ experience in applied bioscience and the development and commercialisation of biobased products.

Following the closure of the neighbouring Roslin BioCentre, Ingenza relocated to customised lab and office space at Roslin Innovation Centre at the end of July 2018. 

The company has integrated teams of scientists, bringing together expertise across synthetic chemistry, informatics, molecular genetics, biochemistry and fermentation scale-up. 

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Kajeka Ltd joined us at our 'pop up incubator' in February 2015 and we were pleased to welcome them to our open-plan office space at Roslin Innovation Centre in November 2017.

Kajeka provides visual software solutions for big data and network analysis. The company is a recent spin out of The Roslin Institute. 

Kajeka’s powerful technology emerged from research undertaken by academic teams in Cambridge and Edinburgh and adds speed, sophistication and ever more powerful analysis capabilities to the robust platform produced by the research scientists.

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Landcatch is an aquaculture breeding company, occupying office space with us in addition to their salmon breeding facilities at Ormsary, Argyll.

The company provides genetic breeding programmes to support Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Coho Salmon with programmes around the world, focused on improved disease resistance, survival and growth rates.

Landcatch is part of Hendrix Genetics, a global multi-species breeding company with activities in layer poultry, turkeys, pigs and now aquaculture.

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MV Diagnostics is a research and development company, focused on the development and provision of innovative immunoassays and reagents for use in clinical and research laboratories worldwide.

MV Diagnostics aims to deliver innovative technical solutions to diagnostic problems and supply high quality veterinary ELISA kits and recombinant proteins/peptides. These kits and testing services have been used in cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, deer, badgers, wild boar, and a variety of Zoo species.

The company occupies open-plan office space with us and works with collaborators nationally and internationally, using their extensive experience to help resolve challenges in the diagnosis, control and eradication of animal diseases. 

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N2 Applied Ltd aims to fundamentally improve global food production by enabling livestock farmers to produce their own fertiliser from manure, air and renewable energy. The technology produces an environmental-friendly nitrogen fertiliser with significantly reduced ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions, improved resource efficiency and reduced costs for the farmer,

Today’s fertiliser value chain is costly and harmful to the environment. N2 Applied’s technology disrupts this chain, changing it from a linear to a circular model.  

Headquartered in Oslo, N2 Applied now has office space at Roslin Innovation Centre to progress the commercialisation of N2’s technology in the UK market.

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N2 Pharmaceuticals Ltd joined us in December 2018. The company are developers of a drug N2-01, proven to dramatically increase the effectiveness of artificial insemination (“AI”) of dairy cattle. In the UK alone, low effectiveness of AI costs the industry £0.5bn per year and is described as a major problem in agriculture.

N2-01 is a unique medicine derived from extracts of Mytilus edulis (Blue mussels) and does not contain any hormones/antibiotics, which allows its usage in farms with strict ecological standards, as well as unrestricted use of milk/meat by humans.

Approved for registration and use in Russia, N2-01 has been widely tested and proved successful by practicing vets in commercial farms in Russia. N2 Pharmaceuticals is in the process of seeking regulatory approval for N2-01 in mainstream territories as a treatment to enhance the success rates of artificial insemination in dairy cattle.

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Roslin Technologies Ltd is an agriculture biotechnology company and the commercialisation arm of the world renowned Roslin Institute and University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The company’s shareholders are the University of Edinburgh, the agriculture-focused private equity advisors JB Equity and the British Innovation Fund, which invests in leading British university innovation venture funds and companies.

We provide Roslin Technologies with open plan office space and facilities to associated project teams, such as Eggcellent Proteins, commercialising transgenic chicken bioreactor technology for production of valuable proteins.

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Synpromics Ltd is one of the UK’s most innovative companies working in gene medicine and an ideal fit for our tenant profile. 

Synpromics occupy customised lab and open plan office space with us to facilitate the development and commercialisation of synthetic promoters for gene and cell therapy products and bioprocess applications.

The company is expanding to meet increasing global demand for its cutting-edge gene control technology and in August 2019 became part of the AskBio family of companies.

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Tropical Animal Genetics Ltd (TAG) provides industry-leading reproductive technologies and expertise to meet the growing needs for having superior genetics for the farmers and breeders.

On-going research and applied science allows TAG to develop and implement new technologies that will help move the science of tropical animal genetic improvement forward.

We are pleased to provide open-plan office space to members of the TAG team.

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A City Region Deal is a mechanism for driving productivity and accelerating growth by pulling in significant government investment in innovation, skills and infrastructure. 

Easter Bush Campus is one of a network of five hubs in the Data-Driven Innovation Programme (DDI). We are pleased to provide a hot desk to representative, Helen Dundas, part of the Agritech project.

The  project will seek to leverage existing world-class research institutes and commercialisation facilities to make Easter Bush a global location of Agritech excellence through the deployment of a campus-wide network that will generate and collate local and global data.

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade.

We are pleased to provide a hot desk to Dr Lawrence John Brown BVM&S MRCVS, commercial specialist for DIT (Scottish Office) in Animal Science, Aquaculture, Agri-Tech and Bioeconomy. 

Lawrence has in-depth understanding and significant sector experience in animal sciences, to a combined DIT and specialist Agri-tech team. Actively engaging with potential R&D and driving inward investment to the UK.

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As preparations get underway for the 2019 Midlothian Science Festival, Roslin Innovation Centre will be hosting Claire Jellema, Manager of the Festival for 2 years.

The Festival launched in 2012 and is now in its 8th year. The overall aim is to provide a programme of fun, interesting and accessible science events and activities across Midlothian to demonstrate that science is everywhere - and for everyone.

Midlothian Science Festival will take place from 5th to 19th October at venues throughout the area and with the majority of events free to attend.

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Midlothian Science Zone (MSZ) is a partnership, represented by partners from science, technology and innovation parks; research institutes; academic institutions and tenant companies all located within Midlothian with a focus on animal health, human health and one health.  

MSZ is a supportive community and offers access to knowledge and expertise, resources and facilities, new technologies, accommodation and services, business support and networks across the region.

Lesley Parsons maintains the digital content and social media channels for MSZ and is generally based at Roslin Innovation Centre on a Wednesday.

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Carcinotech Ltd, a cancer microfluidics technology company, manufacture 3D printed bio-chips using patient specific stem cells for personalised cancer drug testing, discovery and clinical trials, providing a cost-effective alternative to animal testing.

Founder and Managing Director, Ishani Malhorta, was recently awarded 'Highly Commended Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Scottish Women’s Awards 2019'. 

We look forward to providing office space to Carcinotech, an innovative advanced biotech startup company, paving the way to the future of cancer research. Ishani has already been working on Campus for several months with another tenant company, Censo Biotechnologies.

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Food Chain Enterprises provide global business consulting services and fully comprehensive support to integrated food production and manufacturing.

Consultants understand today's food industry challenges and have the technical and business expertise, covering the full supply chain, to quickly bring performance improvements to optimise processes and business profitability. 

Food Chain Enterprises specialise in the various aspects of Agribusiness, Food Production, Food Manufacturing and the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) sector world-wide.

We look forward to providing open-plan office space and the potential for collaboration with others on Campus.

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Green Bioactives is developing a production platform for natural products and bioactives. 

A spin-out from the University of Edinburgh, Institute of Molecular Plant Science, which comprises of various research groups, within the School of Biological Sciences.

The goal of the research group led by Gary Loake is to make fundamental discoveries about plants and their interactions with microbial pathogens.  

We look forward to providing office space to Green Bioactives and nurturing the company's growth.

Whilst it's always sad to see tenants move on from Roslin Innovation Centre, we hope the time spent with us was a rewarding one and that our supportive community and flexible office and lab facilities played a part in supporting them at whatever stage they were at.

We wish all tenants the very best success for the future.

"We're looking to attract up to 30 tenants and those companies will ideally be strategically collaborating with The Roslin Institute and others on Campus."

John Mackenzie, CEO, Roslin Innovation Centre