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101 companies in 25 years for Oxford’s Isis Innovation

Oxford, UK, 4th October, 2013

As the technology commercialisation company of Oxford University, Isis Innovation, celebrates its 25th anniversary, it also looks back on 101 companies that originate from Isis. Oxford Biotrans, the 101st company, will commercialise new routes to high-value chemicals using patented enzyme technology.

Tom Hockaday, Managing Director of Isis Innovation since 2006, said: “These are two significant milestones for us: celebrating 25 years since the opening of Isis in 1988 by the University of Oxford, and this week spinning-out the 101st company that Isis has helped to create. The achievements of Isis over 25 years are exceptional in terms of transferring technologies and expertise from the University to business where they receive investment leading to improved products, services, healthcare etc. This is a tremendous contribution to the impact that Oxford University has across the world, creating sustainable economic growth locally, nationally, and internationally.”

“Isis stands way ahead in terms of creating high technology businesses as part of the Oxfordshire innovation engine. These milestones have been achieved through the support of the University, local investors and entrepreneurs, and the exceptionally strong, dedicated and professional team of people in Isis over the years.”

In the last 25 years, spin-outs from Isis have included Oxford Gene Technology, which provides innovative genetics research and biomarker solutions to advance molecular medicine, and Oxford Photovoltaics, which is developing solar cells that can be incorporated into building surfaces. Other notable spin-outs are Organox which is trialling technology that keeps transplant organs functioning outside the body for up to 48 hours and NaturalMotion, the IT games company that came out of research from the Oxford Department of Zoology.

The 101st company, Oxford Biotrans will initially target the natural flavours and fragrances market. The technology comes out of the Oxford Chemistry Department. Dr Luet Wong, the inventor, explained: “The technique makes use of enzymes to transform commonly available natural extracts into our target flavour and fragrance compounds. The process requires little energy and generates almost no waste in contrast to conventional chemical processes. The real benefit is that the end product is completely natural.”


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Dr Chandra Ramanujan

Business Relationships Manager

Isis Innovation Ltd

T: 01865614434

About Isis Innovation

Isis Innovation is the research and technology commercialisation company of the University of Oxford. The Technology Transfer and Oxford University Consulting divisions provide access to technological developments and expertise from University of Oxford researchers, through intellectual property licensing, spin-out company formation, material sales and consulting.

Isis is the highest University patent filer in the UK, has attracted investment into over 65 spin-out companies since 2000, and in the last financial year provided expertise to over 150 clients in 22 countries. Through the Isis Enterprise division, Isis offers innovation management to university, government and industrial clients around the world. For updates on innovations from Oxford, follow Isis on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe at

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