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Imperial Innovations creates, builds and invests in pioneering technologies developed from academic research within the 'Golden Triangle' broadly bounded by London, Cambridge and Oxford, which is home to the UK's four leading research-intensive universities.

This area is home to many new technology companies through its proximity to the academic communities of Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London, as well as other leading research institutions.

Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London collectively have research income of £1.4 billion per annum and are ranked as four of the top ten Universities in the world (source: QS World University Rankings 2014/15).

We support scientists and entrepreneurs in the commercialisation of their research through:

  • Leading the formation of new companies
  • Providing operational expertise and facilities in the early stages
  • Providing substantial investment capability and facilitating co-investment to accelerate development
  • Helping to recruit high-calibre executive management teams and board members to portfolio companies

We also run an incubator that provides laboratory and office space in London that is the initial home for many of our portfolio companies.

Since admission of its shares to AIM in 2006, Innovations has raised more than £346 million of equity from investors, which has enabled it to invest in some of the most exciting spin-outs to come out of UK academic research. In addition, the Group has an £80 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank for investment in biotech and therapeutics businesses.

During the period from admission to AIM until 31 January 2015, Innovations has invested a total of £198.3 million across its portfolio companies, which have raised collectively investment of over £1 billion.

Video interview with Imperial Innovations CEO discussing Imperial Innovations' role in building and investing businesses based on leading academic research

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