North of Scotland KTP Centre

Robert Gordon University University Highlands and Islands University of Aberdeen James Hutton Institute Abertay UniversityUniversity of Dundee

Current KTP Projects


Accord Energy Solutions Ltd are an independent, specialist consultancy providing commercial and operational support to international oil and gas companies, helping clients to realise the true fiscal value of their produced hydrocarbons by providing them with integrated hydrocarbon accounting solutions. Their second KTP is underway with Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing to research, develop, evaluate and implement an innovative Bayesian-based data reconciliation and Gross Error Detection approach for hydrocarbon allocation and attribution using cloud-based software.


Established in 1136 by King David I of Scotland, Aberdeen Harbour is the oldest business in the UK. Robert Gordon University's School of Computing was recently awarded funding for a KTP with AHB to create a digital system to replace existing decision-making infrastructure, promoting efficiency and profitability and safeguarding against knowledge loss through imminent retirements.



Colbeggie Fruits are an innovative soft fruit product supplier, with a packhouse packing several hundreds of tonnes of strawberries and raspberries annually, and biomass boilers heating polytunnels for out-of-season fruit production. They are collaborating on a KTP project with Abertay University's Division of Food and Drink to improve company productivity and profitability by recovering bioactive compounds with chemoprotective properties from out-grade fruits for use in a stand-alone nutraceutical supplement and as a value-adding ingredient in a number of food industries.




Davidsons is a self-funding, family-run business and is the largest manufacturer of ruminant animal feeds in Scotland. James Hutton Institute’s Environmental and Biochemical Sciences department is working on a KTP with Davidsons to develop novel animal feeds by adding edible UK seaweeds to improve their nutritional status, health and value.


Elasmogen is a privately held biopharmaceutical company in Aberdeen, developing a pipeline of soloMER protein drug products (biologics) for the treatment of inflammatory disease. They are teaming up with University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences to develop the knowledge and capability to design, construct and test new and efficacious bi-specific drugs for liver disease, a ‘silent epidemic’ driven by growing levels of obesity and diabetes.


EnteroBiotix is dedicated to developing and advancing novel treatments for gastric disorders that enable the modulation of the bacterial communities within the gut. University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute and EnteroBiotix were recently awarded KTP funding to develop technology to scale up production of live donor-sourced bacteria, supporting manufacture of novel medicinal products to prevent and treat disease.




Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) was founded in 2013 to make vertical farming commercially viable at scale by combining automation, smart LED lighting and power management in a modular unit for the first time. They are working with the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences department on a KTP to develop the capacity to control plant-microbe interactions within the IGS system, to optimise crop production by reducing waste through spoilage and generate a risk framework for ensuring future food safety compliance.




Mintra Group is a leading global partner for companies within oil and gas, maritime, construction and renewables looking to achieve cost effective management of HR, competence and training. In association with Mintra, Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media recently started a KTP to develop a multi-layer authentication platform to enable secure remote invigilation, using advanced machine vision and machine learning algorithms to authenticate users and identify ID fraud or other abnormalities.




Moor Instruments is a medical device manufacturer, specializing in the development of monitoring & imaging products for blood flow & tissue oxygen measurements in the microcirculation. In collaboration with Moor, the University of Dundee was recently awarded KTP funding to develop an innovative medical device for optical imaging of blood flow during keyhole surgery to improve patient outcomes.




The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is a conservation charity whose key objectives include the protection and care of Scotland’s heritage and the creation of an efficient and sustainable business that supports their conservation needs. In collaboration with NTS, the University of the Highlands and Islands will soon be starting a KTP to apply new technologies to land management at Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms National Park.




Onorach is a leading Contract Research Organisation specialising in clinical trial management for drug discovery, medical devices, food health and wellness products. They were recently awarded funding for a KTP with University of Dundee to develop and validate Onorach's patFINDER software system, interrogating medical data to efficiently identify and recruit patient cohorts to clinical trials that meet specific inclusion/exclusion criteria.


Optimal provide physical asset management consultancy services targeted at the mining industry. They were recently awarded funding for a KTP with the University of Aberdeen's School of Engineering to develop a data library and service tool for physical asset reliability optimisation in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.




Rubberatkins develop and supply rubber elastomeric sealing components and Engineering plastics for use in the Oil and Gas industry, and also supply a number of products to the Aerospace and Petrochemical industries. They were recently awarded funding to work with Robert Gordon University’s School of Engineering to develop an in-house capability to characterise the extrusion of elastomers at the nano-scales structural level to drive scientifically led new product design and development.


Scotia Biologics is an immuno-technology specialist contract research company, developing vaccines and bespoke antibodies to a diverse customer base including academic institutions, biotechnology and pharma companies. With the Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre, University of Aberdeen, Scotia Biologics recently started a KTP to develop, optimise and commercialise two novel antibodies for use as flow cytometry reagents, improving the current methods for the analysis of cell death.




Honeyberries are fruit of the honeysuckle plant and originate from harsh climates such as Japan and Siberia. The Honeyberry Cooperative was formed in response to the increasing interest of growing Honeyberry fruit in Scotland in order to develop and research cultivation methods, design a route to market and promote Honeyberry products. They are working on a KTP project with the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences department to develop expertise in new fruit product development.


Stirling Potatoes Ltd is a family business which prepares root vegetables grown on their own and local farms, supplying public sector organisations and supermarkets with the best quality Scottish produce under the brand name Stirfresh. They recently started a KTP with Abertay University’s Division of Food and Drink to develop innovative new products and packaging solutions which optimise the use of fresh vegetable produce and extend shelf-life to enable wider market reach while reducing food wastage.


Tilhill Forestry has been in the forest management industry for nearly 70 years and is involved in all aspects of the timber chain. They were recently awarded funding for a KTP with Inverness College UHI for a develop and deliver a unique decision support system, enabling the company to both optimise the standing timber crop’s conversion into logs during tree harvesting operations, and maximise the high-value sawn timber products cut from these logs at the sawmill.


The Turbo Guy is a supplier and remanufacturer of turbochargers to the automotive trade. They are partnering with Abertay University’s Dundee Business School on a KTP project to develop and implement a bespoke remanufacturing process whilst developing new BSI/ISO quality standards, allowing a transformation of business productivity and significantly larger market opportunities.



Vertebrate Antibodies is a biotech company developing high quality reagents for complex human targets and commercial veterinary species. They recently began their second KTP with the University of Aberdeen, partnering with the School of Biological Sciences to develop a variety of fish health assays for the monitoring of infection, vaccine efficacy and fish health biomarkers in aquaculture.