ITI Scotland is the driving force behind a range of cutting-edge initiatives that are becoming a commercial reality
At ITI Scotland, we?re committed to making brilliant ideas a commercial reality. Set up in 2003 by Scottish Enterprise, and with the support of the Scottish government, ITI leads the nation in delivering market-driven commercial business opportunities in energy, life sciences and digital media & communications technology.
We are committed to investing in trailblazing R&D programmes and to funding market-driven innovation. We are 100% commercially focused and committed to positioning Scotland as an important world centre for the creation and marketing of new intellectual assets.
Our extensive research of global markets identifies future commercial opportunities and drives the formation of innovative R&D programmes. These programmes design, develop and deliver platform technologies and enable the formation of new products and services to address emerging market opportunities.
The result is a portfolio of commercially valuable, cuttingedge intellectual assets. These are owned and exploited by ITI for the benefit of the Scottish economy by licensing to new and existing organisations and stimulating the formation of start-up and spin-out companies.
THE THREE ITIS
ITI Scotland identifies and commercialises valuable technology-based intellectual assets across three global market sectors: digital media & communications; life sciences; and energy.
R&D programmes currently underway include work on a composite pipeline structure, a wind turbine access system, rechargeable batteries and resonance-enhanced drilling. Future programmes envisaged may include sustainable transport fuels from algae, new wind turbine technologies and key subsystems for hybrid electric vehicles. ITI Energy is also planning to launch a new programme in the area of Seaweed Anaerobic Digestion (SAD), with R&D activity to commence this year.
ITI LIFE SCIENCES
Programmes currently being investigated include: text mining to develop powerful new information extraction tools; the identification and application of cardiac biomarkers; transgenic screening and safety models for use in drug discovery; a programme on stem-cell technologies; and an investigation of the ubiquitin proteosome system.
The market for digital media and communications technologies is vast and, as such, R&D activity is focused around the core technology areas of human-system interaction, security and trust, information and imaging, content creation and sensors and networks. Currently, the programmes being investigated include: games-based learning; ultra-wideband wireless communications; machinereadable security tagging; online games development; biosensors; condition-based monitoring; backlighting using polymer optics and software integrity engineering.
OUR TRACK RECORD
Five years into ITI Scotland?s initial 10-year model, we have committed over £150m in funding and launched 27 programmes. Eleven of these programmes are complete, eight of them reaching a close during the financial year 2007/08, and 16 are at various stages of development. Further programmes are planned for launch once diligence activities are completed.
On top of these achievements, 112 patents have been filed to date and this has led to new market applications and commercial potential being developed from the IP. In addition, 15 commercial licensing deals have been signed with commercial partners, both new start-ups and existing companies, based on the intellectual assets developed by the ITI programmes.
BECOME PART OF THE ITI SUCCESS STORY
We are always happy to discuss your cutting-edge ideas in energy, life sciences and digital media & communications technology. We are also seeking commercial partners to collaborate with us and take groundbreaking innovation to market. If you have interests in commercialising any of these technologies, we want to hear from you.
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Added the 27 August 2009 in category Innovation UK Vol5-1