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The University of Southampton

Business and Enterprise

The University of Southampton encourages a spirit of enterprise and innovation in science and in keeping with this ethos, Chemistry has developed strong links with business and industry.

We have a wide variety of complex and custom-designed equipment and specialist services to support our breadth of research and teaching activity. This equipment and expertise is available to other groups within the University and also to institutions and industries in general, and we have an extensive portfolio of commercial clients to whom we have been providing analytical services for many years.

Our relationships with industry help to widen the experience of our students and increase employability. This is demonstrated by our impressive list of industrial collaborators and the diverse placement areas taken by our fourth year undergraduates.

Our academic staff also have a fantastic record of successful exploitation of research ideas into spin-out companies, with Karus Therapeutics, Ilika and ATDBio all originating within the University of Southampton.

Karus Therapeutics

A spin-out collaboration co-founded by Dr Ganesan and researchers based at Medicine for Cancer Research UK; Karus Therapeutics investigates the biological properties of a series of novel compounds that have particular interest as potential treatments for a number of different cancers.

Curve Therapeutics

Curve has developed a powerful and proprietary discovery platform that is being used to identify a new generation of cancer drugs with significant clinical potential. A spin-out from the School of Chemistry, Curve’s core technology was established in more than a decade of research within the laboratory of Professor Ali Tavassoli.


Ilika is a spin-out company started by Professor Brian Hayden that  investigates new materials prepared by a technology that allows for surfaces to be covered in a highly controlled fashion, with monolayers or a variety of metal atoms.


ATDBio is an independent company that operates from Chemistry. It is involved in diagnostic DNA research and was established by Professor Tom Brown; his previous spin-out company, Oswel Research Products Ltd was so successful that it was bought out by a larger company.

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We have an excellent track record of innovation and enterprise. As well as working closely with many companies both in the UK and internationally to address specific challenges, we also seek opportunities to translate research originating from within Chemistry into innovative solutions, including spinning out several successful independent companies.


We provide outstanding in-house facilities and services to researchers and commercial partners who require complex and custom-designed equipment and specialist support

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World ranking research in chemistry

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