Companies formed

Since 1987, Oxford University Innovation has been responsible for creating spinout companies based on academic research generated within and owned by the University of Oxford, and in recent years has spun out 15-20 new companies every year.

Over £2.5bn in external investment has been raised by Oxford University Innovation spinouts since 2010, and ten of our current portfolio are currently listed in London and New York.

The creation of new spinout companies, most of which are listed below, also channels millions of pounds back into University research, benefits local economic development and has created many new jobs in the region.

Surface Therapeutics is a drug discovery and development company developing innovative new drugs to treat inflammatory epithelial diseases of the skin and lungs. Surface Therapeutics was acquired by Serentis Inc in September 2007.

Incorporated in November 2004

Origin: Oxford University, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Neurodegenerative diseases.

Incorporated in March 1998

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Pathology

TdeltaS is committed to developing science-based proprietary products that sit at the interface of food and pharmaceuticals - nutraceuticals - and offer real improvement in human physical and mental performance.

Incorporated in March 2006

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

A software development company that produce clinical trial data. In 2005 Third Phase Ltd merged with the Cmed Group Ltd. Third Phase Limited Merges with Cmed Group October 2005.

Incorporated in January 2000

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Engineering Science

Kepler Energy Limited develops a second-generation tidal turbine, which has the potential to harness tidal energy more efficiently and cheaply, using a device which is simpler, more robust and more scalable than current designs.

Incorporated in October 2010

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Engineering Science


Incorporated in December 2000

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Pathology

Velocys, previously Oxford Catalysts, produces speciality catalysts for the generation of clean fuels, from both conventional fossil fuels and renewable sources such as biomass.

Incorporated in December 2005

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Chemistry

YASA Motors manufactures a highly differentiated advanced axial flux motor and generator based on its proprietary Yokeless And Segmented Armature (YASA™) technology.

Incorporated in August 2009

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Engineering Science

Data discovery software to manage and sort collections of images and data visually.

Incorporated in January 2016

Origin: Oxford University, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Modification of proteins.

Incorporated in May 2002

Origin: Oxford University, Department of Chemistry

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