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New role for Lonsdale at Edinburgh Innovations

John LonsdaleJohn Lonsdale has joined Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service, in the new role of head of enterprise services.

He leads a new team bringing together Edinburgh Innovations’ technology transfer and enterprise development activities, which include licensing University intellectual property and creating startup and spinout companies.

Dr Lonsdale joins from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he was director of innovation and enterprise.

“It’s exciting to join a University ranked among the best in the world and with such a successful history of commercialisation,” said Dr Lonsdale.

“The team at Edinburgh Innovations has exceptional experience and credibility in the enterprise and tech transfer ecosystems, and I look forward to helping increase the transformation of University ideas into benefit for society and the economy.”

The University has ambitious targets for company creation, in part linked to the recently announced Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The University is leading the £1.3 billion deal’s Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) programme, which aims to enable 400 data-centric startup companies over 15 years.

As part of the DDI programme, Edinburgh Innovations will drive increased company creation by students and staff, the delivery of executive education programmes and expansion of University partnerships with commercial and public sector organisations.

“My immediate goals include seeking new potential across academic disciplines and venture types, expanding the IP portfolio and aligning our priorities with those of the Data-Driven Innovation programme,” said Dr Lonsdale.

At UCLan, Dr Lonsdale led the transformation of a knowledge transfer service into a new innovation and enterprise function. His doctoral research focussed on academic entrepreneurship and​ entrepreneurial ecosystems in universities​, and he has commercial experience gained with Rolls-Royce plc and National Nuclear Laboratory.

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