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. In the last financial year we completed 529 licenses and consulting agreements. 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 Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade).

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Quick facts*

  • £23.5m total Isis revenues in 2015 (£14.5m in 2014)

  • £16.5m 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, 8 incorporated in 2015

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

  • 68 consulting deals signed with Isis Enterprise clients, in 29 countries (85 deals in 2014)

  • 2545 patents and patent applications on Oxford inventions managed by Isis (2333 in 2014)

  • £23m translational research funding won by Oxford researchers with direct Isis support

  • 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.

* Unaudited data

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