Outreach Tenants

Creating impact and developing innovation in great company

Roslin Innovation Centre opened for business at the end of August 2017 and reached an occupancy of 95% in 2023, accommodated across our office and lab space.

Tenants are international in their outlook and a dynamic mix of established, local/multinational, start-up/spin out companies; social enterprise and internal University business units - each with innovation at their core. 

In the early years, we were joined by tenant companies relocating from local science and research parks and companies from within the Easter Bush Campus, and many of these remain 'in residence' as they have expanded. We have continued to welcome new tenants, from within the UK and from around the globe including New Zealand, USA and Europe. 

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AbacusBio Ltd applies world class science and technology to improve and enhance the performance, resilience, competitiveness, responsiveness, and profitability of their clients’ enterprises. 

AbacusBio is a highly respected science and technology consulting firm operating from offices in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The firm delivers world class solutions for clients across the agribusiness world. 

AbacusBio 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, universities, and investment groups.

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AskBio lead the way in end to end gene therapy technology and AAV therapeutic assets. Founded in 2001, the company is headquartered in North Carolina with manufacturing in Spain and research and development facilities in Roslin Innovation Centre, the European headquarters.

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

In August 2019, Synpromics Ltd, one of the UK’s most innovative companies working in gene medicine, became part of the Asklepios BioPharmaceutical (AskBio) family of companies.

Beebytes logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Beebytes is a social enterprise specialising in honey bee genetics and DNA analyses to characterise genetic admixture and identify the sources of forage visited by honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees.

Concerns about the global decline of pollinators, severe problems facing managed bees and the understanding of pollinator genetics far behind other livestock species, Beebytes aim to increase knowledge working directly with beekeepers and breeders.

By working with the community, Beebytes aims to improve bee health, support breeding programmes aiming to select for particular traits, and reduce the need to import queen bees which carries the risk of introducing new pests and diseases. We welcome Beebytes to our community at Roslin Innovation Centre.

Benchmark Genetics logo - Roslin Innovation Centre tenant

Benchmark Genetics is a customer focused and innovation-led company within the global aquaculture industry. It is part of the wider Benchmark Holdings group, a leader in aquaculture genetics, present in every major aquaculture market and for a wide range of species. 

The company provides genetically-improved Atlantic salmon and whiteleg shrimp to global markets. Also as a leading provider of genetics services, they have extensive experience from 30 applied breeding programs involving 20 species in 16 countries and now provide the global aquaculture industry with cost-effective genotyping solutions optimised for a range of applications and species. 

We  welcome the Benchmark Genetics team to office and lab space at Roslin Innovation Centre.

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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.

CanCan Diagnostics logo - Roslin Innovation Centre tenant

CanCan Diagnostics technology is aimed at supporting treatment of cancer in dogs as a monitoring tool, or to support difficult diagnoses. 

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in dogs, with between 30-50% of animals developing it in their lifetime. The University of Edinburgh spinout company has developed a cell-free DNA next generation sequencing-based liquid biopsy panel for screening, early diagnosis and monitoring of canine cancer. This innovative technology allows for patient monitoring at greater sensitivity than the currently-used imaging method, while being much quicker and less invasive.

We  welcome Dr Parys, veterinarian at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and director of CanCan Diagnostics, to Roslin Innovation Centre.

Carcinotech logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Carcinotech Ltd, is a MedTech company with expertise in manufacturing 3D printed tumours using patient-derived cancer stem cells, primary cells and established cell lines. Advanced models provide a platform for rapid, ethical, sustainable, and accurate drug discovery, screening, and pre-clinical testing. 

Working with global partners, leading pharma companies, surgeons, pathologists, clinicians, and industry-leaders, the goal is to accelerate drug discovery and enable delivery of more effective cancer treatments to market. 

Access to Carcinotech’s AI-driven automated manufacturing allows for accelerated production, with models offering high-throughput capabilities and provides an alternative to animal testing and an accurate precision medicine testing platform.

Carus Animal Health logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Carus Animal Health Ltd is committed to researching, identifying and developing novel and emerging technologies that have application in the animal health environment. The company's  interests extend to include active programmes in the field of alternatives to antibiotics, diagnostics and digital and data services in companion animals, production animals and aquaculture. 

They strive to achieve this through partnerships with academia and early stage companies explicitly founded to exploit new areas of treatment, care and service solutions. 

We look forward to increasing the collaboration opportunities for Carus Animal Health at the Roslin Innovation Centre.

Censo Biotechnologies logo with Axol tagline - Roslin Innovation Centre tenant company

In March 2021, Axol Bioscience Ltd, an established provider of iPSC-derived cells, media, and characterisation services, merged with Censo Bio, a cell biology CRO with focused expertise in iPSC-related technologies. Read more

Censo Bio lease lab and office space at Roslin Innovation Centre and develop 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. 

Clean Water Wave and GOES logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Clean Water Wave (CWW) blend advanced technology with robust engineering, to transform polluted ground and surface water into clean water, safe for consumption and discharge. 

The product range offers a solution for almost any water treatment and the innovative CAFE System (Clean Aqua For Everyone) works better and provides a more cost-effective than any other technology or system.

Located in our open plan office space, CWW is a social enterprise passionate about the environment: profits support low income communities with water issues, and research into oceanic pollution and climate change through Global Oceanic Environmental Survey (GOES).

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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.

Cytomos logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Cytomos® develops and provides integrated, predictive analytics systems for intelligent bioprocessing in biopharma and cell therapy domains. 

Built upon patented Cytomos® Dielectric Spectroscopy (CDS™) technology, the company's systems are unbiased, have single-cell resolution and are scalable across all upstream production stages. Leveraging the unmatched data depth per cell provided by CDS™, our proprietary machine learning (ML) algorithms provide insights into your bioprocesses like never before.

We welcome the team and bringing together their expertise and experience spanning biology, engineering, product development and project management. 

Dyneval logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Dyneval Ltd are creating the new standard for semen quality assessment to improve efficiency of livestock reproduction. This innovative Dynescan technology is an easy-to-use, automated and portable instrument for reliable measurement on farm. 

Invented by physicists, with over 30 years experience studying complex fluids at the University of Edinburgh, the technology has been validated by vets and expected to launch in January 2022 for use by cattle vets and artificial insemination technicians.

The core platform technology has a range of potential applications. The company was recently awarded £100k as IBioIC Scottish EDGE17 winner and this funding will accelerate growth to build a business with a strong and positive impact on the profitability and sustainability of dairy farming worldwide.

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Greengage Agritech Ltd 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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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.

Macomics logo - Roslin Innovation Centre tenant company

Macomics Ltd is an immuno-oncology company with world-leading expertise in macrophage biology, developing precision medicines to modulate macrophages for the treatment of cancer. 

A spin-out from the University of Edinburgh, co-founded in 2020 by internationally recognised leaders in macrophage biology, Professor Jeffrey Pollard and Dr Luca Cassetta, the target discovery platform enables the identification and validation of novel macrophage therapeutic targets and is based on its deep understanding of macrophage biology. 

We welcome Macomics to Roslin Innovation Centre as they expand their scientific team to support its accelerated R&D to develop a new approach to targeting the immunosuppressive tumour microenvironment, that exploits disease-specific macrophage biology to harness the power of the entire immune system.

MV Diagnostics logo

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 Pharmaceuticals Ltd located to Roslin Innovation Centre in December 2018. 

The company has developed N2-01, a unique injectable medicine extracted from meat of Blue mussels, that has proven in laboratory settings and during its usage on animals, to reduce the level of endothelial dysfunction.

The medicine proved to be effective in numerous conditions when used on more than 25,000 companion and food producing animals by practicing veterinarians. Results of treatment improved recovery, quality of life or as a supportive treatment for cats and dogs and in dairy cattle, the treatment improved the effectiveness of artificial insemination.

N2 Pharmaceuticals is currently working on the compound's registration with the European Medical Agency. The technology has numerous patents in the UK, EU, USA and Russia.

Oxitec logo - a Roslin Innovation Centre tenant company

Oxitec Ltd is building a healthy, sustainable and equitable future for humans on this planet by forging a new category of safe, sustainable, highly effective biological pest control solutions. 

The company is the leading developer of biological solutions to control pests that transmit disease, destroy crops and harm livestock. The Friendly™ platform is being applied to combat the growing threat posed by disease-transmitting mosquitoes and agricultural pests that damage crops and livestock, threatening food security and livelihoods. 

Work is conducted in partnership with the Roslin Institute, and focuses specifically on the world’s most devastating invasive cattle tick.

Oxitec is currently located in open-plan office space at Roslin Innovation Centre and from 2024 will be based at our new Agri Field Station.

Prozymi Biolabs logo

Prozymi Biolabs develops revolutionary technologies that can transform the taste and quality of gluten-free bread and baked products using naturally occurring enzymes to specifically target and degrade the toxic parts of gluten.

In 2021, the start-up company received seed funding from the University of Edinburgh Data Driven Entrepreneurship programme, while in 2022 won the Wild Card EDGE R19 in the Scottish Edge Competitions and a SMART: SCOTLAND grant from Scottish Enterprise.

We welcome the Prozymi Biolabs team to Roslin Innovation Centre, and perhaps sampling some gluten-free products baked full of flavour in a traditional way!

Rhizocore Technologies Ltd logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Rhizocore Technologies Ltd is an applied mycology start-up committed to growing healthier and more resilient forests, developing novel propagation techniques for culturing mycorrhizal fungi for woodland restoration, commercial productivity, increasing tolerance to environmental stresses or capturing more carbon. 

Fungi represent a crucial component of a tree’s soil microbiome yet many tree planting efforts fall short of their targets due to unfavourable soil conditions leading to higher sapling mortality, slower growth, and an increased dependence on chemical inputs.

We welcome the Rhizocore team at Roslin Innovation Centre, recruited as part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme, in association with Deep Science Ventures. 

Roslin Technologies logo

Roslin Technologies Ltd is an agriculture biotechnology company and focus on the development of novel agritech products as well as offering a range of commercial services, licensing and collaboration opportunities.

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.

Wobble Genomics logo - tenant company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Wobble Genomics is a spin-out of the Roslin Institute, providing biochemical and bioinformatic solutions for gene biomarker discovery. 

The team specialise in maximising RNA and DNA sequencing efficiency for the discovery and detection of nucleic acid biomarkers, combining biochemistry with bioinformatics to provide integrated solutions.  

In September 2021, Wobble Genomics raised a £1.2 million investment round led by Eos Advisory.  The investment will support expansion of the team hosted at Roslin Innovation Centre, strengthen company IP and will help to drive sales and demonstrate the company's ability to improve clinical outcomes.

University of Edinburgh Global Academy of Food Systems logo - hosted company at Roslin Innovation Centre

Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems  is a leading interdisciplinary hub of researchers, teachers and students; developing new science, curating evidence and learning on the intersection and interdependence of the systems that underpin the health and wellbeing of people and our planet through regenerative and ethical food and land use systems.

The Academy seeks to understand the drivers of Food System and Planetary Health challenges, and drive the development of mutually beneficial solutions through a unique breadth of expertise, holistic approach and strong partnerships.

SEBI-Livestock logo - hosted company at Roslin Innovation Centre

SEBI-Livestock is the Centre for Supporting Evidence-Based Interventions in Livestock and also facilitates the Livestock Data for Decisions community, dedicated to driving better livestock decision-making through improved data and analysis.

SEBI mobilise and apply data and evidence to support better investments for small scale livestock keepers. 

Hosted by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute, accommodating SEBI-Livestock within Roslin Innovation Centre places the team that put data and evidence at the heart of livestock decisions at the heart of Easter Bush Campus.

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Business Gateway Midlothian offers expert help and support to new and existing businesses, including directing to grants and funding opportunities through connections with Scottish Enterprise and associated funding bodies. 

Business Growth Advisors can tailor a strategic action plan to mirror your business ambition; covering aspects such as finance, digital marketing, innovation, sales and business development, or other associated business requirements, to assist in growth. 

On a regular basis, a Business Growth Consultant will be based in our open plan office space. Guest Surgeries will be hosted at Roslin Innovation Centre and one-to-one appointments can be arranged. 

City Region Deal Edinburgh and South East Scotland logo

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

For further information, please contact Helen Dundas, Agritech Innovation and Enterprise Lead.

Midlothian Science Festival logo

The Midlothian Science Festival launched in 2012. This is now incorporated within a Schools Programme, developed and coordinated by Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre and made possible by local scientists and STEM organisations.  

The overall aim is to provide a programme of fun, interesting and accessible science events and activities for schools across Midlothian - and beyond - with a programme of workshops and downloadable resources for teachers.

The 2024 Primary School workshop programme includes Dolly, DNA & Me and Farm Detectives - enquire using this online booking enquiry form to request a workshop for your P6 or P7 class. 

Midlothian Science Zone logo

Midlothian Science Zone is represented by partners from science, technology and innovation parks; research institutes; academic institutions and tenant companies located 'in the zone' with a focus on animal health, human health, aquaculture and related sectors.  

This collaborative One Health community offers access to knowledge and expertise, resources and facilities, new technologies, accommodation and services, business support and networks across the Midlothian region.

A member of the Midlothian Science Zone team is generally onsite each week, based in open plan office space at Roslin Innovation Centre. Emma McCallum, was appointed project coordinator in October 2021 and is supported by Lesley Parsons who maintains the digital assets.

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Please contact us if you are interested in joining us at Roslin Innovation Centre, in the heart of the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus, with laboratory and office space situated close to the science and clinical livestock expertise and providing opportunity for the natural development of business collaborators.

Roslin Innovation centre Research Hotel lab

Our 'Research Hotel' located on the ground floor at Roslin Innovation Centre offers an interim solution for established companies and start-ups, providing ready to use state-of-the art office and lab space with access to standard lab equipment. 

Work space (rent-a-desk and/or rent-a-lab) is available on a short-term let basis either per day, per week, per month, per quarter or on a six month basis for up to a 12 month period. Shared space is subject to availability for an individual or company with up to a maximum of 24 'guests'.

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.

"Our aim is to attract up to 30 tenant companies, and ideally for these to be strategically collaborating with the Roslin Institute and others on Campus."

John Mackenzie, former CEO of Roslin Innovation Centre (November 2014 - March 2022)