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First Minister opens innovation hub

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally opened the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The launch took place as the First Minister hosted a meeting of the Scottish Government’s Cabinet at the University’s Easter Bush campus.

Professor Peter Mathieson with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney
Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Business gateway

Roslin Innovation Centre serves as the business gateway to the University’s world-leading research in animal sciences.

It offers flexible laboratory and office space to life science companies seeking to undertake collaborative research with experts on campus.


It also provides research space for veterinary and animal science companies to support the commercialisation of innovations developed at The Roslin Institute within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Spin-out companies can be formed by University researchers to commercialise technologies developed on campus.


External companies can also spin-in to the University, to access expertise, technologies and facilities to develop a commercial opportunity.

The Centre is housed within the Charnock Bradley Building at the heart of the Easter Bush campus.

The Roslin Institute is at the centre of innovation that is enhancing animal and human welfare through world class research into animal biology. It is a great privilege to open the Roslin Innovation Centre in the Charnock Bradley Building, which was supported with £10 million investment, and meet businesses driving forward life science innovation.

Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister

School pupils

As part of the visit, the First Minister also met pupils from Musselburgh Grammar School as they took part in lab experiments in the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.

The event coincides with the announcement of £5 million investment into the national Interface programme, helping to match businesses to Scotland’s world-leading academic expertise.

We are delighted to welcome the First Minister and her Cabinet to our world leading campus for animal sciences. The opening of Roslin Innovation Centre brings opportunities for enterprise together with our excellent teaching and research facilities.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor,  the University of Edinburgh