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Recovering from COVID-19

We still have students exploring their options for their 3 month funded placements.

Please do get in touch via our Contact Form if this would be helpful in supporting your organisation's recovery post-COVID-19.

Edinburgh bioQuarter

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"This CDT perfectly aligns with our vision to support and foster innovation and entrepreneurial skills in science related to healthcare. We urgently need to expand our base of scientific entrepreneurs who understand the process and real human value of commercialization to deliver improvements in healthcare."

Dr Mike Capaldi

Commercialisation Director


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"The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) being the UK's National Measurement Institute, is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards."

"In it's effort to remain world-leading, the NPL is engaging with academia in line with its research priorities and interests"

"The NPL is pleased to be able to support the...CDT in optical imaging" "Our interests are...strongly aligned with the theme of the...CDT"

Dr Alex Knight

Biotechnology Group - Analytical Science Division

Roslin Cells

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"We are continually seeking to improve the processes with which we manufacture cell therapy products. Disruptive technologies, such as Optical Medial Imaging, will undoubtedly be part of our future and accordingly I would welcome the opportunity to support the activities of the...Centre"

Aidan Courtney


BBI Solutions

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"BBI recognize that imaging diagnostics promise to be the most powerful and rapidly growing sector within the in vitro diagnostics sector and we are keen to develop strategic relationships with leading academics within this space. We are always in need of scientists trained in the commercial and clinical context of our products and indeed this unique ‘skills’ offering is rarely available."

Dr Pete Corish

Head of Business Development

Touch Bionics

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"Touch Bionics enthusiastically supports OPTIMA. As a partner, we would be pleased to host placement students as they would have an unrivalled experience in the commercialisation of leading edge medical technologies. While for us, this partnership means access to top quality scientists and developing entrepreneurs.”

Hugh Gill


ST Microelectronics

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"We view initiatives such as this, which boost the UK pool of highly knowledgeable and qualified engineers, as a strategic benefit to our industry. In addition the unique business and clinical awareness that these graduates will have will bring e a major boost to the local 'skills pool'."

Lindsay Grant

Director - Imaging Division


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“The aims of the Centre for Doctoral Training are of direct interest to Almac. In addition to training the next generation of molecular and physical sciences, in the context of clinically relevant projects, the training in business skills and entrepreneurship is particularly important. Developing PhD scientists with business acumen and an understanding of the commercial scientific environment is highly desirable and we support this initiative 100%.”

Dr Stephen Barr

President and MD for Almac Sciences


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"the combination of excellence in physical sciences married with entrepreneurial training and clinical awareness make this a unique and fertile training opportunity".

Dr Malcolm Skingle

Director - Academic Liaison

i2eye Diagnostics

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“i2eye Diagnostics Ltd is pleased to support the CDT in Optical Medical Imaging. This scientific area represents an important technological field for innovation in health care as well as economic development. In addition we strongly encourage the training in business skills and translation that your CDT provides.”

Les Gaw