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Technology Transfer and Licensing

Helping you to access innovative new technologies.

Our world class research has created a wide range of intellectual property

We want our discoveries to make a positive difference to our world. We recognise that sometimes other organisations are best placed to take our technology forward.

This is where you can license our intellectual property (IP).

Our Business Development Managers are experienced, discrete professionals. They can work with you to explore and understand our IP. Together we can develop agreements for the IP to be used.

By working together and licensing our technologies to you, we can make a difference to lives, organisations and products around the world.

From seaweed to laundry detergent

We worked with global consumer products giant P&G to harness the power of nature to innovate a laundry product.

The market for laundry detergents, fabric conditioners and fabric care is huge. More consumers want excellent cleaning results from washing at lower temperatures.

Our marine biology researchers discovered an enzyme that is used by bacteria to unstick themselves from seaweed. We worked with P&G to show that the enzyme could be used to develop laundry detergents that work efficiently at low temperatures. Today, the enzyme is used across the Ariel product range.


Ovarian cancer treatment

Each year, around 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer across the UK. One in 50 women will develop the disease at some point in their life.

Over 20 years, we've worked with Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Research Technology Limited. We discovered and developed Rubraca®. It is the first-in-class PARP inhibitor rucaparib (Rubraca) for ovarian cancer.

The drug offers a lifeline to women with advanced ovarian cancer, who have received two or more prior chemotherapies and whose tumours have a BRCA gene mutation.

Explore IP that you can license

Life Sciences

A fun, game-based stereoacuity test hosted on a 3D tablet where stereoacuity is measured as the child plays an interactive game with the viewing distance being automatically measured in real time.


We're looking for partners to help commercialise a stem-cell treatment that can help to repair damaged corneas. This early stage technology is being developed through the ICURe commercialisation programme.


High speed high resolution bio-printing head design.


Proprietary methods to generate a retinal organoid which promotes cone and rod formation.


A novel IVD to diagnose patients at risk of developing Parkinson's or other degenerative diseases.


Improving tests of the HER2 gene for better management of breast cancer patients.



The ULTRA material supports high drug loading capacity and enables extended delivery of therapeutics in a single self-administrable microneedle patch.


A multi-electrode needle capable of recording skeletal muscle electrical activity from multiple sensing positions simultaneously from a single needle location site.


Clinical assessment of muscle motor unit function through an entirely new type of MRI application. It offers a non-invasive and pain-free view of human muscle in an unprecedented way.


Five biomarkers that could predict flare following DMARD cessation.


Potential applications in drug delivery, organ growth and soft robotics.


Synthesis of DNA tagged Amides promoted by micellar catalysis and the judicious choice of linker molecule.

Science, Engineering and Technology

Authentication of Physical Object Using Internal Structure

Our researchers have identified a technique that reveals the unique ‘texture’ fingerprint for every single sheet of paper. It enables a digital signature of original paper documents to be created.


Classifier Resistant to Adversarial Example Attacks

We have developed a novel algorithm that provides security by training multiple classifiers on randomly partitioned class labels. It has produced excellent results against Carlini-Wagner (L2) and Projected Gradient Descent attacks. It also has high accuracy with MNIST (>97%) and CIFAR-10 (>80%) datasets.


We have developed a framework to evaluate and enhance GNSS infrastructure. The framework accounts for both topography variations and the spatial-temporal variations of atmospheric water vapour.


Power sensing method for energy harvesting and low power electronics.


A hybrid thin-coating manufacturing system that integrates dip and spray technologies to produce films on the nano- and micro- scale for a wide range of industrial applications.


A new method for cheap and efficient hydrogen production.


Optical wall-shear stress sensors capable of taking instantaneous measurements in both one and two dimensions.


Integrating plasma air ionization into boiler flues.


Increased accuracy of particle or cell identification using microfluidic impedance measurement techniques.


Using Rayleigh waves with a circular wave-front to improve gyroscope performance whilst simplifying manufacturing.


BioElectrical Sensor Technology to monitor organic pollutants and toxic compounds.


A novel, simple and lightweight means of fingerprinting motion sensors.


Using Converter Splitting technology to maximise ac/dc/ac converter capacity at a lower cost