Heriot-Watt at SPIE Security & Defence Conference

Representatives from Heriot-Watt University are attending the SPIE Security & Defence Conference in Edinburgh this week.

This leading defence and security event, where fellow researchers come together to bridge the divide between fundamental optical science and applied technologies in advanced security and defence systems, is a premier event in the field’s annual calendar, and is proving to be a hotpot of ideas and technologies.

The event is on until the 27th September – click here for an update on how things have gone so far.

ESD exhibition

Photograph shows (l-r) Robert Goodfellow, Heriot-Watt’s Technology Transfer Manager, Prof. Andy Harvey of Glasgow University, and Iain McEwan, Business Development Executive at Heriot-Watt University.

Click here to download a PDF of SPIE 2012 Security and Defence – Heriot-Watt speakers.

Engineers at Heriot-Watt Spinout Alba Photonics make developments in Micro-Optics

Engineers at Heriot-Watt University Spinout company, Alba Photonics, have developed a stack-and-draw process for fabricating nanostructured micro-optics.

In conjunction with researchers at the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology in Poland, these developments point the way to the low-cost manufacture of microlenses and other small optical elements.

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Working with Industry – Pharmaceuticals

We are pleased to be able to announce another fantastic licensing deal struck between Heriot-Watt unviersity and our Industry partners. Innovative technology which could vastly increase manufacturing processes and production in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries has been licensed from Heriot-Watt University.

Crystallisation technology

High tech continuous reactor company, NiTech Solutions Ltd. has signed a new deal with Heriot-Watt allowing it to commercialise revolutionary crystallisation technology. In the global fine chemicals and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, the control of particle shape and size is a critical manufacturing step. This patent-pending innovation has been developed within Professor Xiong-Wei Ni’s research group at Heriot-Watt, and is complementary with NiTech’s existing IP portfolio and its current range of laboratory and pilot scale products – NiTech™ Reactor, NiTech™ Crystalliser and NiTech™ Evaluator.

NiTech Finance Director Neil Todd with Robert Goodfellow, of Heriot-Watt University's Research & Enterprise Services.

NiTech Finance Director Neil Todd with Robert Goodfellow, of Heriot-Watt University’s Research & Enterprise Services.

Continued output from Heriot-Watt

This latest agreement, Heriot-Watt’s 14th with Scottish SME companies in 2012, is the first with NiTech Solutions since spinning-out from Heriot-Watt’s Chemical Engineering labs in 2003 to commercialise the “Oscillating Baffled Reactor (OBR)” technology, and is testament to Heriot-Watt’s relations with the Scottish SME community and the on-going success of technology transfer activity within the University.

Heriot-Watt University is continuously researching exciting technologies that are available for license to companies. You can take a look at what opportunities are available here.

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