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Commercialising research

Southampton has been placed in the top three universities worldwide for the quality of our spin-out companies. We actively support our researchers in a number of ways; we enable them to not only commercialise their research, but also to make successful independent businesses out of their discoveries.

Spin-out success

An independent report by Library House discovered that the spin-out companies from the University of Southampton matched the quality of those created by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University.

Thirteen successful companies have been spun out from Southampton since 2000, three of which have been floated on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) with a combined market capitalisation value of £160 million. They are the oil exploration company Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping (OHM), the asthma therapy development company Synairgen, and the fibre laser manufacturer SPI Lasers.

Our spin-out companies

Our spin-out companies

View a list of our current spin-out companies and find out more about them:

Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping: Provider of remote electromagnetic sensing services designed to detect the presence of offshore oil and gas.

Visit the EMGS company website.

Plexus Planning: New generation of project management software, to help major companies achieve successful large-scale projects.

Visit the Plexus Planning website.

Southampton Phototonics Inc: Develops and manufactures high power fibre lasers for a wide variety of marking and micromachining applications.

Visit the SPI Lasers website.

Stratophase: Optical solutions via laser wavelength conversion and integrated optical circuit technology, particularly Bragg gratings.

Visit the Stratophase website.

Fibercore: Manufactures and supplies speciality optical fibre.

Visit the Fibercore website.

CHG Southampton: Launched to develop and exploit commercial opportunities of novel glasses, in particular chalcogenide materials.

Visit the CHG Southampton website.

Ilika: Science-based materials discovery company, which uses high-throughput technologies.

Visit the Ilika website.

Shellform: Hi-tech composite material for manufacture of inexpensive, high strength construction panels used in the building of houses, factories and offices.

Symetrica: World-leading gamma-ray detector systems.

Visit the Symetrica website.

PMG Perpetuum: Developed the world’s first truly practical vibration harvesting microgenerator capable of generating enough power to enable the reliable transmission of large amounts of data.

Visit the PMG Perpetuum website.

ActivotecSPP: Novel methods for the synthesis of peptides and proteins from their constituent parts, amino acids.

Visit website the ActivotecSPP website.

Exosect: Innovative solutions for the control of insect pests in agriculture, horticulture, amenity, stored product, animal and public health.

Visit the Exosect website.

iQur: Diagnostic testing and screening for viral hepatitis and other chronic liver diseases.

Visit the iQur website.

Karus Therapeutics: Novel drug treatment of cancer and heart disease through histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors.

Visit the Karus Therapeutics website.

Newron (formerly Hunter-Fleming Ltd): A research and development company focused on novel Central Nervous System (CNS) and pain therapies.

Visit the Newron website.

Synairgen: Working to improve the treatment of lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Visit the Synairgen website.

Arkivum: Working to provide long-term, large-scale data archiving.

Visit the Arkivum website

Turning research into commercial enterprises

Our Research and Innovation Services help our researchers to patent their research and commercialise it
Patenting success

Taking a piece of groundbreaking research or an innovative idea and turning into a commercial product is not easy. Setting up a business, especially for the first time, is very hard to do without advice, support and collaboration. At the University of Southampton we understand this, and we also recognise how important it is to make sure that the work of our researchers gets out into the real world. That is why we have a number of services to support researchers hoping to take their work into the business world.


Research and Innovation Services

We offer opportunities for our researchers to go on courses or work with businesses to learn entrepreneurial skills
Learning business skills

Our Research and Innovation Services (RIS) team is dedicated to supporting our researchers personally and professionally.

We can help to set up Knowledge Transfer Partnerships between researchers and local businesses – an excellent way of learning how the commercial world works. We also encourage our researchers to become consultants, offering advice and guidelines on how to go about this. Our Professional Development Unit also runs a number of courses that can help you to expand your skills base. And once you make an innovation in your work that has business potential we can help you to license your intellectual property.

SETSquared business incubator

The University of Southampton is one of several universities who are part of the SETSquared business incubator partnership.

This business incubator offers a real kick-start to entrepreneurs and researchers who wish to set-up at business. SETSquared offers up to £50,000 of ‘get-started’ funding, access to free OpenDOOR Software, help with market research, support and guidance from InnovationUK, and a ‘Researcher to Innovator’ course. All of which gives you the resources, as well as the skills to create a successful business out of your research.

University of Southampton Science Park

Our Science Park, based close to our Highfield campus at nearby Chilworth, offers a flexible and convenient space for you to grow your business.

You can hire just one desk or a very small space, with no obligations to take on a long-term lease. We also offer mentoring and business support opportunities, as well as numerous networking events with other businesses on the Science Park.

Business networking

Working with business

Explore our Business section to learn about more opportunities to work with businesses

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