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IT GIVES ME THE TIME TO FOCUS SOLELY ON REFINING THE BUSINESS IDEA, WHILE GAINING ACCESS TO SOME OF THE BEST COMMERCIAL TRAINING AVAILABLE

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ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH ENTERPRISE FELLOWSHIP The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising science or technology-based business ideas. Successful Fellows are hosted by a university or research institute for 12 months, and receive one year’s salary and business development funding to cover costs associated with attending conferences and trade shows. That leaves them free to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their proposal. Salman Malik founded MicroSpray Technologies after being awarded his PhD from University College London (UCL), where he focused on engineering microspheres using the electrospray – an aerosol generation technique. Salman developed the idea in his bedroom and has had great success during the early stages of the business. His mission is to revolutionise particle production for a range of clinical applications. At MicroSpray Technologies, Salman is developing and commercialising innovative multiplexed electrospray emitters for high-throughput 38 | www.research-innovation.ed.ac.uk

processing of polymers and the effective microencapsulation of pharmacologic agents. “The RSE Enterprise Fellowship has been the driving vehicle that has enabled MicroSpray Technologies to reach the next stage in its commercial journey,” said Salman. “It has given me the time, funding, support, training and expertise to mould the company and to work alongside other enterprise fellows also developing their commercial ventures. I recently won the Innovation Cup at the Inspire Launch Grow 2016 competition and am now into the KickStart finals of one of Scotland’s premier business competitions, Converge Challenge 2016. “This award has been extremely valuable to the development of the company – it gives me the time to focus solely on refining the business idea, while gaining access to some of the best commercial training and mentorship available.

ABOVE: Salman Malik has had great success with his aerosol generation technique, an idea he developed in his bedroom

“The support available for spin-outs and start-ups has been incredible. The level of expertise available at the University of Edinburgh in general, and ERI in particular, is great, with business advice and access to a wide range of enterprise support. “The enterprise unit runs regular guest entrepreneur events, workshops, competitions and many other activities to help students and early career academics to commercialise their ideas. The University has a global reputation for being at the forefront of technology commercialisation and, through the credible enterprise unit, opportunities are never missed.

To find out how ERI is supporting talented University of Edinburgh entrepreneurs gain valuable business skills through setting up their own business, visit: www.launch.ed.ac.uk

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