The Roslin Institute



Engaging in collaborative research and strategic partnerships with the world's leading animal sciences research institute

The Roslin Institute aims to enhance the lives of animals and humans through world class research in animal biology. Collaborating with industry is a crucial part of achieving our aim and we value our partnerships.

Here we provide details of our areas of expertise as well as different ways in which we work together with industrial partners.

Industry-focussed Research Events

The Roslin Institute regularly holds free events targeted at industrial audiences. Our next event will be held on the 13th of November 2014 on "Fighting infectious diseases in livestock".

Tailored at non-academic audiences, the purpose of these events is to showcase the world-class research and innovation taking place within our Institute and promote how this benefits relevant business activities. Delivering impact through knowledge transfer is core to Roslin's mission and the events are an excellent opportunity to pave the way for research collaborations with industry. These events are an opportunity to network with companies & researchers in animal bioscience, and discover funding opportunities available to help support collaborative R&D.

Since our first industry-focussed Research Showcase in 2009, events have included One Medicine: From Farm to Pharmaceuticals (2010), Relocate, Innovate (2011), and Feed, Breed & Succeed in 2012.

If you are a company interested in collaborating with the researchers at the Roslin Institute or finding out more about our areas of expertise please contact

How can The Roslin Institute help?

Through our internationally-recognised experts, cutting-edge technology and world-leading research projects we can help companies to:

  • Jointly conduct ground-breaking research
  • Adopt and implement innovative research to suit their own needs
  • Develop and test new products
  • Access sponsored funding programmes
  • Train and educate staff

Our areas of expertise include:

Developmental Biology

To enhance fundamental knowledge of the control of cellular growth and differentiation aiming to underpin the development of better disease intervention strategies

Key Areas:
Animal stem cells; Animal genetic technology; Animal models of development and disease

World-leading expertise in:

  • Large animal and avian transgenics and animal model systems of disease
  • Gene targeting and transgenic strategies
  • Companion and large animal stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells and cancer stem cells as well as avian germ cells
  • Exploiting avian biotechnology

Further information: Division of Developmental Biology

Genetics & Genomics

To advance understanding of complex animal systems and to develop improved predictive models through the application of numerical/computational approaches in analysis, interpretation, modelling from the level of DNA to whole organisms and populations.

Key Areas:
From Sequence to Consequence – Converting ‘omics Data into Knowledge / Predictive Models; Translation of Quantitative Genetic Information into Breeding Strategies

World-leading expertise in:

  • Understanding the genetic control of complex traits, including traits of economic interest (e.g. egg or milk production) and responses to infectious disease, in farmed animals.
  • Genetic resistance to disease
  • Using bioinformatics as tool to understand biological systems
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
  • Modelling Cellular and Tissue Systems
  • Epidemiology and Population Biology

Further information: Division of Genetics & Genomics

Infection & Immunity

To enhance understanding of the mechanisms of host defence against infection, and translate this understanding into prevention and treatment.

Key Areas:
Genetics of disease resistance; Innate and mucosal immunity of large animal; Infectious Disease Pathogenesis

World-leading expertise in:

  • Innate Immunity
    • Macrophages and NK cells
    • Receptors involved in pathogen infection
  • Mucosal immunity
    • Colonisation of host cells
    • Immunisation
    • Expertise in E coli, Salmonella, C difficile
  • Host pathogen interaction
    • Bacteria (E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, S. pseudointermedius, Streptococci, Clostridium difficile
    • Theileria species
    • Viruses (Influenza, Herpesviruses, Arboviruses)
  • Genetics of disease resistance

Further information: Division of Infection & Immunity


To further the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of both the human and animal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and to extend to study basic mechanisms of neuronal development, homeostasis and neurodegeneration.

Key Areas:
Understanding Neurodegenerative Processes in Animals and Humans

World leading expertise in:

  • Protein misfolding in neurodegenerative disease
  • Neuro-immune modelling
  • Nature of TSE infection and routes of transmission
  • The healthy and degenerating neuron

Further information: Division of Neurobiology

Veterinary Clinical Medicine

Key Areas:

  • Natural Models of Human Disease;
  • Veterinary Clinical Trials on Large and Small Animals
  • One Medicine

We tailor our method of engagement to suit each industrial partner and can provide:

  • Sponsored research, contract research and research partnerships
  • Commercial Development of IP-generated within The Roslin Institute
  • Access to The Roslin Institute facilities, resources and infrastructure
  • Consultancy
  • Sponsored PhD studentships
  • Training of industry staff/sabbaticals
  • Sponsored clinical trials

Companies who are or have been our collaborators include:

  • Pharmaceutical companies - Novartis, Pfizer and Wyeth
  • Animal breeding companies - Genus Plc, Cobb-Vantress, Aviagen, Landcatch Natural Selection British United Turkeys Ltd
  • Biotechnology companies - CXR Biosciences, Fios Genomics.

Funding Schemes

Funding schemes that can be used to support our interaction with industrial partners:

  • BBSRC Industrial Partner Awards and LINK
  • CASE studentships
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Technology Strategy Board funding
  • SPARK and SMART awards
  • University of Edinburgh Initiating Knowledge Transfer Fund

Further Information

To find out more about collaborating with The Roslin Institute and how we can help your business please contact:

Business Development Executive
Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 9100