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Heriot-Watt in drive to develop scale-ups

Paul Devlin: collaboration generates opportunities

Heriot-Watt University is aiming to build multinational scale-ups via a strategic partnership with product development agency Filament PD.

The university’s Global Research Innovation and Discovery (GRID) facility will combine its entrepreneurial talent pool with Filament PD’s commercial and industry experience to help scale businesses capable of competing at a global level. 

The partnership expects to drive investment and improve route-to-market for new technologies.

Filament PD is renowned for supporting some of Scotland’s most innovative start-ups and SMEs. It has brought more than 100 products to market in the last five years by harnessing innovation and transforming research into successful products. 

Examples include digitally tagged coffee cups to tackle the disposable cup crisis and a technology traditionally used in lighthouse lenses to allow food to be cooked without a power source. 

Paul Devlin, Head of Commercialisation at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Our partnership with Filament PD will connect people, ideas and skills in order to develop commercial products that not only compete but lead the market.

“Collaboration and the sharing of expertise generates stronger opportunities for R&D funding and, by working together, we can support high calibre, industry-ready graduates while securing investment to help grow and scale successful businesses.” 

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