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UKINNOVATION UK143 Centres of Excellence Scotland: inovation centres scotland » » In- house intensive advisory support » » The opportunity for creative development and networking with other businesses and strategic contacts » » Access to a network of successful entrepreneurs and specialist expert knowledge. Hillington's aim is to make a significant difference to ambitious, innovative technology businesses, through a structured and proven process of innovation advisory support and business incubation. The Advisory Services team provides top- class advisory services to companies and entrepreneurs to help ensure their great ideas become successful businesses. Our clear- sighted emphasis on innovation involves providing the right level of advice and support to technology- based companies within our centres and beyond. Alba Innovation Centre Alba Innovation Centre is committed to supporting the development and accelerating the growth of the next generation of innovative, knowledge- based, high- growth technology businesses in the East of Scotland. Alba Innovation Centre is much more than a managed property facility. As one of the leading business incuba-tors for innovative technology businesses in the East of Scotland, Alba Innovation Centre provides an enabling environment, within which businesses receive: » » In- house intensive advisory support » » The opportunity for creative development and networking with other businesses » » Access to a network of successful entrepreneurs and specialist expert knowledge. The aim is to make a significant difference to ambitious, innovative technology businesses, through a structured and proven process of innovation advisory support and business incubation. This involves examining all aspects of the business, challenging where appropriate, but ulti-mately aiming to deliver exceptional support which will remove barriers and facilitate growth. Wireles Innovation Mobile and wireless technology is one of the fastest-growing and dynamic sectors in the world, a recent report from Portio Research confidently predicted that " the worldwide mobile industry would be worth US$ 1tn by the close of 2008". Wireless Innovation plays a key role in providing business development, market intelligence and product development support to over 210 companies developing wireless, mobile and digital media products and services across Scotland. Some of the key markets that are supported by Wireless Innovation include: » » Mobile Applications and Content » » Mobile Enterprise » » Digital Media and Content » » Mobile Gaming » » Mobile Advertising and Marketing. Wireless Innovation has a range of dedicated market experts in each of these areas who will work closely with your business in order to help you understand market trends, technology challenges and identify new routes to market. We have developed strong partnerships with many of the leading commercial players, including Nokia, Vodafone, Microsoft, Google, Orange and T- Mobile. Welnes and Health Innovation The focus of healthcare is moving from treatment to pre-vention and independent living. This transition is driven by escalating costs and a shortage of skilled resources. In fact, the Wellness and Health market is now thought to be worth more than $ 200bn, a figure which is expected to triple by 2012. In response to this significant market opportunity, the Wellness and Health Innovation Project has been developed to help Scottish businesses capitalise on the growth potential in this sector. The Project has a national agenda and is focused on delivering its free services to SMEs throughout Scotland: » » Market intelligence and analysis - specialist knowledge tailored to the needs of your company. » » Product, technology and innovation support - expert knowledge to help with concept, feasibility, validation and development advice. » » Business development - bringing expertise, knowledge and routes to market to clients. The above services are backed by a robust network - which brings together SMEs, academia and corporate part-ners to enable Scottish SMEs to produce market- ready products and services that meet a clear market need. For more information on ICS ( Scotland) Ltd, contact: Ross Clark, Centre Director Hillington Park Innovation Centre 1 Ainslie Road Hillington Glasgow G52 4RU Tel: 0141 585 6300 E- mail: ross. clark@ innovationcentre. org Website: www. innovationcentre. org

144INNOVATION UKINNOVATION Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow Caledonian University's mission is to provide a high- quality accessible, inclusive and flexible learning and teaching environment enhanced by curiosity- driven research. We recognise that we can play a central role in supporting businesses with skills, advice, knowledge and know- how, particularly in the current economic climate. The Applied Knowledge Exchange builds on this agenda as a one- stop physical and virtual portal, providing businesses and the public sector direct access to the expertise of the university's seven academic schools and centres, guided by its Business Development Team. We aim to stimulate a flow of ideas, practice knowledge and experience between academic specialists and business practitioners. What we do » We provide bespoke education programmes & courses for the corporate market. » We solve business challenges through partnered consultancy, research and development. » We promote and participate in activities for sustainable economic and social regeneration. Our expertise The university has key expertise and facilities across the themes of business and tourism, health, life sciences, the environment, engineering and computing and finally society and justice. We are available to solve business challenges, create transformational solutions or sharpen workforce skills through education, training and work-based learning. Focus on Research Our strategic commitment since 2001 to focus on research areas that have a particular application to current needs has been especially successful in two fields: Rehabilitative Health Sciences and the Built and Natural Environment. Rehabilitative Health Sciences has been highlighted as the top research group in the UK, with 60% of its work judged to be internationally excellent or world- leading. Areas such as " Understanding the Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System in Health and Disease" provide significant clinical insights with both practice and commercially based applications. The latter is re- enforced by our lead role in HealthQWest, an innovative research consortium for the West of Scotland comprising the NHS and five Higher Education Institutions, linking research with practice. The research of the consortium is applicable to the practice of Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions ( NMAHPs) - 15 professional groups. Built and Natural Environment has been placed as the top department for research in Scotland and in the top quartile in the UK, with 60% of its research internationally excellent or world- leading. In this area our partnerships with industry are invaluable. Industry input on current practice allows us to implement and apply research findings with immediate and tangible output in the real world. Building Performance, Construction Management and IT, Environmental Technology and Management are just some of our leading areas of activity. We also boast extensive measurement equipment for Building Performance evaluation and work to support a spectrum of clients in new product development and evaluation. These outstanding performances are backed by international research profiles, including world- class outputs, across a wide spectrum of subjects such as Biomedical Sciences, Vision Sciences and High Voltage Engineering. In Vision Sciences we undertake multi- disciplinary research of internationally recognised quality in both the basic and clinical sciences. Our research is focused in particular on: Anterior Eye, Visual Development, Oculomotor Function and Visual Psychophysics. Our in- house Eye Clinic provides a state- of- the- art clinical training facility for up to 120 Optometrists and 30 Dispensing Opticians annually. Biological and Biomedical Science efforts are focused on cell and molecular biomedicine, pharmacological and physiological bioscience plus microbial and food science. Equipped with an UKAS- accredited food science laboratory and internationally renowned experts, we provide an invaluable service to business. A strong belief in commercialisation in this area has led to two spin- out companies, Glycologic and Biopta, six knowledge transfer partnerships and two " Proof of Concept" awards. High Voltage Engineering Research is a significant area of growth and new product innovation for Glasgow Caledonian University with extensive industry engagement Europe wide. Work focuses on the development of innovative techniques, instrumentation, electronics and software solutions for the condition monitoring and asset Centres of Excellence Scotland: Glasgow Caledonian university