Edinburgh Bioquarter has launched its 2012 Innovation Competition to discover new businesses that will benefit human and animal health.
The competition offers more than £25,000 in prize money for researchers from NHS Lothian and Edinburgh University.
Five companies will be selected as finalist in April 2012 and undergo a Dragon’s Den-style competition.
The winner will receive £10,000 to develop their idea.
There will also be a people’s choice award based on an online vote.
The Bioquarter’s Dr Mike Capaldi said: “Last year’s competition was a great success.
“We had 25 entries from around the university and the NHS, and three of the short-listed company concepts have since gone on to incorporate as businesses.
“This year we want to uncover even more ideas, whether from medical researchers or elsewhere in the university.”