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Censis welcomes two board members

CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, has welcomed two new board members.

They are Genoffir Macleod, VP and general counsel of Thermo Fisher, and Prof Steve McLaughlin, head of school, engineering and physical sciences, at Heriot-Watt University.

The pair bring wide experience in commercial innovation, industry and academia, and broaden the mix of skills and expertise on the board of CENSIS.

Announcing the appointments, Bob Downes, chairman of CENSIS, said: “Their expertise will help us succeed in a world hungry for internet of things application, driving growth and jobs in Scotland.

“Coming from a multinational and academia, respectively, Genoffir and Steve reflect our varied stakeholder group at CENSIS. Their diverse perspectives and experience in different sectors will be valuable as we plan our future engagement with industry.”

The new industry appointments also reflect the fact that CENSIS is increasingly working with businesses using Internet of Things (IoT) and sensors systems to operate more profitably or efficiently – rather than just technology developers.

Both Ms Mcleod’s experience in life sciences and Prof McLaughlin’s work with biomedical, energy and communication systems will support CENSIS as it engages with end-users of IoT and SIS to generate economic growth.

Dr Stuart Fancey, director of research and innovation at the Scottish Funding Council, said: “The Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise welcome these appointments which will bring strong expertise in both business engagement and communications systems, both hugely important for CENSIS.

“It is vital that Scotland benefits from a wide range of expertise to stay ahead in the expanding business sectors that CENSIS works in, and we are sure that Genoffir and Steve’s experience will help CENSIS grow innovation in these exciting areas.”

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