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  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies

    Oxford Nanopore Technologies is developing the GridION system, a new generation of technology for direct, electronic analysis of single molecules including DNA, RNA, proteins and other molecules. IP Group has supported the company’s growth since its creation in 2005, providing seed capital, supporting further financing rounds, assisting with key contracts and building its Board. Oxford Nanopore has raised over £100m to date.

  • Modern Water

    IP Group established Modern Water in 2006, combining water technologies from a number of sources including the University of Surrey. The company owns, installs and operates world-leading desalination technology and develops and supplies advanced systems for water monitoring. Modern Water, which was floated on AIM in 2006, won the contract for the world's first commercial desalination plant using forward osmosis in Oman and is also achieving volume sales of its water toxicity monitoring systems.

  • Green Chemicals

    Green Chemicals was spun out of the University of Leeds with the aim of developing "cleaner, greener, safer" solutions for a range of applications. The company has licensed its hair colouration and colour removal technology to Urban Retreats, which operates hair & beauty spas in Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and has licensed its wash-durable flame retardant fabric treatments to Clariant.

  • Revolymer

    Revolymer, best known for its Rev7 removable, degradable chewing gum, was the first company under IP Group’s partnership agreement with the University of Bristol. IP Group has supported Revolymer with funding, has provided board-level support and also helped recruit key senior executives into the business. 

  • Xeros

    Xeros is developing a new ultra-low water clothes cleaning process. Using polymer beads, Xeros can clean clothes using up to 90% less water, at lower temperatures and using less detergent. A spin-out from the University of Leeds, Xeros was in the 50 best inventions of 2010 by TIME magazine, was awarded ‘Best Technological Breakthrough’ at the first Climate Week Awards and was named in the WWF’s 2010 survey of top 20 global ‘green game changers’.

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  • IT & Communications

    University: Queen Mary

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.actual-experience.com

    Optimising the human experience of networked applications

  • Amaethon
    Energy and Renewables

    University: York

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    IP commercialisation of plant and microbial science

  • IT & Communications

    University: Glasgow

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.anacail.com

    Cold plasma technology for anti-microbial applications

  • IT & Communications

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com

    Leading innovator in the manufacture and application of graphene

  • Arkivum Assured Archiving
    IT & Communications

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.arkivum.com

    Digital preservation and management

  • Asalus Medical Instruments
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Cardiff 

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.asalus.com

    Medical devices to improve the safety and efficiency of laparoscopic surgery

  • Avacta Group Plc
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.avacta.com

    Diagnostic tools, consumables and reagents for the life sciences.

  • Azellon Cell Therapeutics
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Bristol

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.azellonctx.com/

    Stem cell therapy for the repair of torn meniscal cartilage

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.azuri-technologies.com

    Pay-as-you-go solar power for off-grid customers in rural emerging markets

  • C-Capture
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.c-capture.co.uk

    Carbon capture technology aimed at reducing CO2 emissions

  • University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: www.cambridgeinnovationcapital.com

    Investment fund into Cambridge University(and cluster) spin-outs

  • Capsant Neurotechnologies
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Drug screening tools using ex-vivo, re-aggregated OrganDOTS

  • Synairgen
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.cerespower.com

    Clean, efficient, cost-effective fuel cell technology

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.ch4e.com

    Small to medium scale anaerobic digesters

  • Chamelic
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.chamelic.co.uk

    Development of high performance surface treatments

  • Crysalin
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.crysalin.com

    Identifying novel protein structures using crysalins

  • Empiricom Technologies
    IT & Communications

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.empiricom.co.uk

    Expert systems enabling organisations to capture and use the knowledge of their experts

  • Encos
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.encosltd.com

    Carbon-negative building units using non-hazardous waste streams

  • Evocutis
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.evocutis.com

    Topical antimicrobials for healthcare and pharmaceuticals

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Cardiff

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: www.faultcurrentltd.com

    Development and production of magnetic fault current limiter protection products

  • Frontier IP Group plc

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.frontierip.co.uk

    Commercialisation of university intellectual property

  • Fusion IP plc

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.fusionip.co.uk

    Commercialisation of university intellectual property

  • IT & Communications

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.getech.com

    Gravitational and magnetic data services for oil, gas & mining industries

  • Pharma & Biotech

    University: Bath

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.glythera.com

    Creating new biological therapeutics through advanced glycosylation technologies

  • Green Chemicals
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.greenchemicalsplc.com

    Environmentally friendly chemicals

  • Ilika
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.ilika.com

    Advanced cleantech materials discovery

  • Inhibox
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.inhibox.com

    Services and technologies for computer-aided drug discovery (CADD)

  • IT & Communications

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: www.ionixadvancedtechnologies.co.uk

    High performance piezoelectric materials, actuators and sensors for high temperature, high work applications.

  • Iqur
    Pharma & Biotech

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.iqur.com

    Diagnosis & treatment of chronic liver disorders

  • Karus Therapeutics
    Pharma & Biotech

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.karustherapeutics.com

    Developing medicines to treat inflammatory disease and cancer

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Sheffield

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.magnomatics.com

    Contactless, lubricant-free magnetic gear systems

  • IT & Communications

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: www.marblar.com

    Crowd sourcing innovation by connecting entrepreneurs to patents from leading research institutions

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Cardiff

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.medaphor.com

    Ultrasound simulation, education and training

  • Mode Diagnostics
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Glasgow

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.modedx.com

    Home use diagnostic cancer screening products

  • Modern Water
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.modernwater.co.uk

    Technologies to address the world's water crisis

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: King's College, London

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.optimalmedicine.com

    Clinical decision support software for medical professionals

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: www.oxhealth.com

    Development of medical technology software to allow contactless measurement of vital signs

  • Oxford Advanced Surfaces
    IT & Communications

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.oxfordsurfaces.com

    Surface modification technologies applicable to a broad range of materials

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: www.oxfordbiotrans.com

    Production of high-value chemicals using patented enzyme technology

  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.nanoporetech.com

    Single molecule detection & analysis using nanopore technology; super-fast genome sequencing

  • Oxtox
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.oxtox.com

    Developing Drugsensor™, a device to determine whether a person is currently 'under the influence' of specific drugs

  • Oxyntix Ltd
    Energy and Renewables

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.oxyntix.com/

    Developing a new method of achieving extreme intensity bubble collapse

  • Perpetuum
    IT & Communications

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.perpetuum.co.uk

    Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) to generate power from vibrational energy

  • Plexus
    IT & Communications

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.plexusplanning.com

    Project Management Software for complex aerospace & defence supply chains and projects

  • Polar OLED
    IT & Communications

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.polaroled.com

    Supplier of crosslinkable, liquid crystal based polymer materials

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Cardiff 

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Developing a cartilage replacement therapy for treating acute knee injuries

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Queen Mary

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.retroscreen.com

    Specialist virology contract research organisation ("CRO")

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: www.revisesustainability.com/

    Provides sustainability consultancy services through technical, operational and investment support

  • Revolymer
    IT & Communications

    University: Bristol

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.revolymer.com

    Novel polymers, e.g. "removable chewing gum"

  • IT & Communications

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.salunda.com

    Non-contact sensors to measure electromagnetic signature of materials

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Sheffield

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.serenphotonics.co.uk

    Ultra high brightness LEDs

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: Insert link here

    Development of novel wind turbine designs

  • Stratophase
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.stratophase.com

    Advanced opto-electric components

  • Pharma & Biotech

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.summitplc.com/

    Drug discovery and development company advancing innovative therapies

  • Surrey NanoSystems
    IT & Communications

    University: Surrey

    Company Stage: Private (post-seed)

    Website: http://www.surreynanosystems.com

    Silicon compatible machines and processes for growing nanostructures

  • Pharma & Biotech

    University: Southampton

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.synairgen.com

    Developing new drugs for respiratory diseases

  • IT & Communications

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: http://www.theysayanalytics.com

    Sentiment analysis software using linguistic intelligence

  • Tissue Regenix
    Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.tissueregenix.com

    Regenerative dCELL tissue implants

  • Tracsis
    IT & Communications

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.tracsis.com

    Provider of operational planning software to passenger transport industry

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

    University: Other

    Company Stage: Private (seed)

    Website: www.ubiquigent.com

    Enabling ubiquitin system drug discovery

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Oxford

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.velocys.com

    Speciality catalysts for the generation of clean fuels

  • Energy and Renewables

    University: Leeds

    Company Stage: Quoted

    Website: http://www.xeroscleaning.com

    Water-saving washing systems using polymer beads