Edinburgh University tech spin-out to launch

Edinburgh University tech spin-out to launch

Start-up software specialist Particle Analytics, a University of Edinburgh spin-out company, is gearing up for the launch of its new simulation technology, which has already attracted a host of business leaders, investors and academics.

Particle Analytics has developed intelligent software that allows organisations across a range of industries to simulate the movement of bulk solids and particles in a more advanced, efficient and cost effective way.

The technology aims to enhance the efficiency of conventional Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) software reducing the time needed for simulations from days to hours.

By providing a more advanced and in-depth level of insight into the data produced, it should help businesses to get products to market faster and at a reduced cost.

The tech start-up was awarded nearly £300,000 in investment from Mercia Fund Management and a further £150,000 from Old College Capital, the University of Edinburgh’s in-house venture capital fund in 2015.

Interest has already begun to flood in from companies involved in a wide range of industrial applications spanning mixing, storage, transport, milling, excavation and soil movement across sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing and construction.

Its portfolio of clients already includes Procter & Gamble, Johnson Matthey, Astec Inc and a number of research organisations.

Dr Carlos Labra, CEO and co-founder of Particle Analytics said: "This is a hugely exciting time for the company and we are looking forward to welcoming our clients, potential collaborators and industry specialists from around the world to our commercial launch this week.

"We’re also thrilled a number of science and technology specialists will be attending, along with investors and academics from the University of Edinburgh.

"Our software is already delivering significant benefits for the businesses we’re working with, helping them gain greater insights into their simulation activity. Feedback has been resoundingly positive and we look forward to the opportunity to explain the innovation and technology behind our software at the launch."

The launch event will be hosted this Thursday 3rd November and will offer guests an insight into the technology and how it can benefit business.

Tom Ogilvie, enterprise manager at Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI), said: "The launch of Particle Analytics is another prime example of how the University of Edinburgh is dedicated to successfully translating its world-class research into practical application by industry through Edinburgh Research & Innovation, the University’s commercialisation arm.

"We are delighted to have supported the commercialisation of this industrially important university technology into a Scottish-based spin-out company that will undoubtedly have a bright future."