New Innovation Centres to harness GCU expertise

23 April 2013

New Innovation Centres to harness GCU expertise

Professor Scott McMeekin

Glasgow Caledonian University is to play an important role in the foundation of two Innovation Centres which will develop world-leading Scottish technology and life sciences.

The Scottish Government have so far announced the funding for three Innovation Centres, two of which will involve GCU expertise.

The Sensor and Imaging Systems Innovation Centre (IC-SIS) will engage in industrially collaborative projects to develop new technologies and form links with industry to bring innovative products to market.

Eleven other Scottish universities and 22 industry partners are supporting IC-SIS from the outset, including staff from GCU’s Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research (ISETR).

A Digital Health Institute (DHI) will also be created in Edinburgh to address demands on health and social care services. This will also involve staff from ISETR and the University’s Institute for Applied Health Research

Six other Scottish Universities (including the lead partner Edinburgh University) and 10 other organisations including NHS24, Philips, Vodafone, IBM and CISCO are supporting the DHI from the beginning. 

The Scottish Government have so far announced the funding for three Innovation Centres, two of which will involve GCU expertise.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This is an exciting new collaboration between all parts of public life, with Scottish industry, Higher Education institutions, multinationals, our small and medium sized enterprises and our public sector partners working together to provide solutions to demand-led problems facing industry in Scotland by supporting innovation for future growth.

“Innovation Centres offer game changing opportunities for collaboration between our academic and business base. The investment and partnership model is unique and their potential for growth is huge.”

Professor Scott McMeekin, ISETR Director, said the IC-SIS will support existing industrial partnerships with the Oil and Gas, Energy and Built Environment sectors.

He said: “Glasgow Caledonian University looks forward to the opportunities that both ICs will provide to strengthen the strong industrial links that the University has within these sectors.”

Professor Lynne Baillie, Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Group in the ISETR, has a strong track record of working with colleagues in the NHS. She will work with the DHI and said: 

"We are excited about starting projects very soon with the NHS, partner universities and companies in Scotland to create new technologies that will benefit patients and improve the health of the Scottish people."

John McClelland, Scottish Funding Council chair, said: “This is the first of a planned series of Scottish Funding Council investments to establish Innovation Centres for Scotland’s key industries. These Centres will harness academic and entrepreneurial innovation to create jobs and accelerate economic growth in Scotland.”

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