Our research is providing benefits to a broad range of industries through a number of processes. Some of the benefits come through direct collaborative research with individual companies to develop or refine products or processes; other companies benefit through licensing our technologies for use in their products. Benefits to whole industries have come about more indirectly by our work to provide evidence for policy development.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:57:00 GMT
Our research has developed a revised surveillance model for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) that underpins a new Scottish Government policy on bTB testing in Scotland. This has exempted 30% of Scottish herds from routine testing, with savings to Government of £150,000/year and a further £100,000 across the farming industry.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:07:00 GMT
Up to a quarter of Europe’s marine renewable energy potential is in Scottish waters, but harnessing wind, wave and tidal energy must be sensitive to Scotland’s significant seabird populations. Research from our College is used by industry stakeholders to identify and preserve the conservation status of seabird species most susceptible to such developments.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:15:00 GMT
Research conducted in our College has produced one of the most widely used genetic tests to determine the sex of most bird species. This has provided a commercial tool for diagnostic service providers, and meets a simple – yet key – necessity of captive breeding and re-introduction programmes.
Pharmaceutical & healthcare industry
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:34:00 GMT
Our research resulted in the global use of statins to prevent cardiovascular disease and continues to define the benefits and cost-effectiveness of these drugs. This work has cemented the use of statins in cardiovascular disease prevention strategies implemented worldwide.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:47:00 GMT
Our research is driving the concept of personalised in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) therapy and outcome prediction, informing national clinical guidelines and defining patient access to treatment and regulatory policy for all UK IVF units. This research has also increased availability of accurate, personalised information to IVF patients worldwide, enabling informed treatment choices and enhancing quality of life.
Commercial food industry
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:48:00 BST
Researchers in our College have set out to change consumer behaviour by producing nutritionally-balanced means and meal plans. Their research has launched an award-winning healthy and balanced pizza into the commercial marketplace, and produced meals plans that help consumers to make straightforward choices between healthy and unhealthy convenience foods.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:50:00 BST
Our research has provided key insights into the basic biology and survival of Scottish langoustine (Nephrops) after capture and driven pioneering reform of the codes of practice of two major UK seafood companies. This reform has directly resulted in improved yields and quality, and led to a Scottish fishery being the first in the UK to be granted an internationally recognised sustainability accreditation.