About Isis Innovation

Isis Innovation is the research and technology commercialisation company of the University of Oxford.

We provide access to technology from Oxford researchers through intellectual property licensing, spin-out company formation and material sales, and to academic expertise through Oxford University Consulting.

Isis is the highest university patent filer in the UK and is ranked 1st in the UK for university spin-outs, having created over 110 new companies in 25 years and having concluded over 3000 commercial deals since the year 2000.

In the last financial year we completed 529 licenses and consulting agreements. The Isis Startup Incubator has supported over 40 entrepreneurial ventures. Isis Enterprise, our innovation management consultancy, works with university, government and industrial clients from offices around the world.

Isis was named ‘Technology Transfer Unit of the Year 2014’ by Global University Venturing and in 2015 Isis Enterprise was awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise (International Trade).

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Quick facts

  • £24.6m total Isis revenues in 2015 (£14.5m in 2014)

  • £13.6m returned to Oxford University and its researchers in 2015 (£6.7 in 2014)

  • 5 spin-outs created by Isis in 2015 (8 in 2014)

  • 40 start-ups admitted to the Isis Startup Incubator, 5 incorporated in 2015

  • 529 deals in 2015 (75 technology licenses, 454 Oxford University Consulting deals; 503 total in 2014)

  • 2686 days of innovation consultancy delivered by Isis Enterprise consultants, in 29 countries (1884 days in 2014)

  • 2490 patents and patent applications on Oxford inventions managed by Isis (2333 in 2014)

  • £25m translational research funding won by Oxford researchers with direct Isis support (£19m in 2014)

  • Isis Innovation is named after the river Isis, which flows through Oxford. It is not an abbreviation for anything, so it is Isis not ISIS.

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