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Innovative people and partnerships in the world of business-academic collaborations were celebrated at the 9th Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards in Glasgow yesterday. 

The awards which are organised by SFC-funded Interface were held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The judges awarded coveted trophies to winners across seven categories for their achievements in research and development between organisations, colleges and universities.  

Innovation Minister, Richard Lochhead, said:

“These awards highlight valuable collaborations in Scotland which are developing cutting-edge innovations to make a real difference to people’s lives. 

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting information exchange between businesses and academia. An example is our Inward Investment Catalyst Fund, which since its launch in 2021, has supported 25 businesses outside of Scotland to collaborate on projects with Scottish academic institutions, with an ambition of attracting inward investment.” 

Amelia Whitelaw, Director of Interface, added:

“The nomination process has surfaced some great examples of business-academic partnerships that demonstrate immense creativity, novel approaches and ingenuity taking place in all sectors of industry and in communities throughout Scotland.  

“Particularly strong this year are health and environmental developments, which push boundaries and will benefit many individuals and communities.”

Full details of yesterday’s winners are available on the Interface website.