A new chief executive officer, George Baxter, joined Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI) on Monday “to spearhead commercialisation and industry engagement activity at the University of Edinburgh.”
Baxter joined from the University of Nottingham, where he was Director of Research and Enterprise and Director of Business Engagement and Innovation Services.
He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked for the University of Salford, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and AstraZeneca Speciality Chemicals.
Baxter takes up the CEO role as ERI seeks to expand the university’s activities with industry.
ERI has been reshaped to provide a focused service for companies wishing to work with the university.
ERI’s remit is to increase impact by supporting collaborations between companies and the university’s world-class research base.
Gordon Donald, ERI chief operating officer, said: “George Baxter has a very strong background in research and innovation.
“He brings a level of experience that will contribute significantly to the ERI team and to taking forward the company’s new strategy and business plan.”