The University has celebrated 40 years of success in research and commercialisation.
A research and commercialisation arm - now known as Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) - was first created at the University in 1969.
Since that time, the University has had great success at turning the business ideas of students and staff into reality.
Our commercialisation successes have been many and vital. But those successes are not only in the past; we are also looking very much to the future.
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Research and Innovation
The University's achievements include:
Major companies spun out from the University include:
To commemorate these accomplishments, a 40th anniversary celebration was held at the Playfair Library.
It was attended by staff and students, representatives from companies created through the University, and the Chancellor, HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Attendees viewed exhibits detailing the University's range of achievements, while the event also highlighted initiatives to help budding entrepreneurs.
ERI runs programmes specifically targeted at helping students and staff get their business ideas off the ground, while its Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS) assists people not affiliated with the University.
Watch a video from the celebration of the 40th anniversary, with University staff explaining how they help make business ideas become reality.
The University continues to have an enormous impact on the Scottish and UK economies by continuing to develop new business initiatives.
In the last financial year, the University was awarded a record £249 million to fund its research.
That investment supports work across a range of disciplines, including medicine, veterinary medicine, science, engineering and the humanities.
The University is making a major contribution to the economy through this important work. It is vital that staff and students have a route forward through which they can develop their commercial enterprises.
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea
Principal of the University
Meanwhile, University staff or students created a total of 26 new companies, the highest number formed in one year by a Scottish university. The firms include:
This article was published on Jan 22, 2010