The Oxford Innovation 30th Anniversary Event, held at the Blavatnik School of Government on the 11th October 2017, was a magnificent evening celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship that has remained at the core of Oxford Innovation since our inception.

During the event, we announced the winners of the Scale-ups of the Future business competition. We received over 70 competition entries from a fantastically broad range of businesses and, with great difficult, shortlisted 10 companies for interview. Our three winners, announced at the celebration event, are Oxford nanoSystems, Green Sea Guard and The Native Antigen Company.

Each of the winning companies will receive a prize package of business support and office space worth between £2,500 and £10,000.

Oxford nanoSystems

"We are very proud to have won the Scale-ups of the Future Competition last week. Since winning we have received great support from Oxford Innovation and it is already having a significant effect in growing the business.”

Dr. Alexander Reip
CEO, Oxford nanoSystems

Green Sea Guard

"As a business seeking to scale up, the competition enabled us to gain visibility, endorsement of our team and the business as well as being able to access valuable coaching from the highly experienced teams at Oxford Innovation. That is actually the magnitude of this prize for our business.”

Anita Bradshaw
MD, Green Sea Guard

The Native Antigen Company

"We are overjoyed to come third in the Oxford Innovation Scale-up awards. There were many great companies featured at the ceremony, and it is a great honour indeed to be recognised amongst all that talent. I have no doubt that we will be returning to Oxford Innovation for further support and facility space as we continue to grow over the next few years.”

Nick Roesen,
CSO The Native Antigen Company

Oxford nanoSystems

Oxford nanoSystems develop innovative coatings to improve two-phase heat transfer surfaces. The technology uses a low cost, low temperature process which can be quickly and easily implemented in components post-manufacture. The coatings enable the production of cheaper, lighter, and more efficient products which consume less fuel, limit environmental impact and reduce manufacturing costs.

"We are very proud to have won the Scale-ups of the Future Competition last week. Since winning we have received great support from Oxford Innovation and it is already having a significant effect in growing the business.”

Dr. Alexander Reip
CEO, Oxford nanoSystems

Green Sea Guard

Green Sea Guard produces a system to track ship exhaust emissions. Once the system has fitted onto the underbelly of shipping vessels, it allows shipowners to avoid inspections, while coastguards and port authorities can benefit from automation.

"As a business seeking to scale up, the competition enabled us to gain visibility, endorsement of our team and the business as well as being able to access valuable coaching from the highly experienced teams at Oxford Innovation. That is actually the magnitude of this prize for our business.”

Anita Bradshaw
MD, Green Sea Guard

The Native Antigen Company

The Native Antigen Company (NAC) specialises in development and manufacture of native and recombinant viral and bacterial antigens.

"We are overjoyed to come third in the Oxford Innovation Scale-up awards. There were many great companies featured at the ceremony, and it is a great honour indeed to be recognised amongst all that talent. I have no doubt that we will be returning to Oxford Innovation for further support and facility space as we continue to grow over the next few years.”

Nick Roesen,
CSO The Native Antigen Company

Highly Commended

All ten shortlisted companies are exciting and innovative companies – ones to watch. As well as the three winners, Oxford Innovation will continue to support and track the progress of all the shortlisted companies. We’ll share updates on each of them so you can follow their journeys too.

Active Needle Technology

Active Needle Technology is an innovative medical device company. Their “needle actuating device” aims to address the problem of needle placement errors in ultrasound-guided needle interventional procedures.

Archangel Imaging

Archangel Imaging was founded in 2016 in Harwell Space Campus, Oxfordshire, to create innovative intelligent payloads for long endurance unmanned systems.

Envelope Architects

Envelope Architects produce dynamic house types for custom build markets and parametric solutions with intelligent materials within the housing and hospitality sectors.

London Medical Education Academy

LMEDAC was founded with the goal of removing the live patient learning curve. Their courses offer registered healthcare professionals the opportunity to hone their skills in a safe environment with guidance from world renowned faculty.  Attendees during a course will use a fresh frozen cadaver to fulfil their learning curve.

Vchain

Award winning aviation software, recognised in 2017 by: International Airlines Group (Vchain investors & clients), Air France-KLM (Vchain won Viva Tech challenge) and Aviation Festival Europe (Vchain won Innovation Competition); Vchain helps airlines recognise and prevent potential passenger threats, automate ID checks and reduce process at airport

Vitaccess

Harnessing digital technology to give patients a voice. Vitaccess have created a powerful real-world evidence platform to quantify patients’ experience of illnesses and treatments. Evidence-based patient data for the healthcare sector.

Xerion Healthcare

Xerion Healthcare, a University of Oxford start up, develop nanoparticles that are used to improve treatment of cancer. The nanoparticles are injected into tumours just prior to standard radiotherapy and act to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment, amplifying the dose of free radicals generated by the X-rays.

Highly Commended

All ten shortlisted companies are exciting and innovative companies – ones to watch. As well as the three winners, Oxford Innovation will continue to support and track the progress of all the shortlisted companies. We’ll share updates on each of them so you can follow their journeys too.

Active Needle Technology is an innovative medical device company. Their “needle actuating device” aims to address the problem of needle placement errors in ultrasound-guided needle interventional procedures.

Archangel Imaging was founded in 2016 in Harwell Space Campus, Oxfordshire, to create innovative intelligent payloads for long endurance unmanned systems.

Envelope Architects produce dynamic house types for custom build markets and parametric solutions with intelligent materials within the housing and hospitality sectors.
LMEDAC was founded with the goal of removing the live patient learning curve. Their courses offer registered healthcare professionals the opportunity to hone their skills in a safe environment with guidance from world renowned faculty.  Attendees during a course will use a fresh frozen cadaver to fulfil their learning curve.

Award winning aviation software, recognised in 2017 by: International Airlines Group (Vchain investors & clients), Air France-KLM (Vchain won Viva Tech challenge) and Aviation Festival Europe (Vchain won Innovation Competition); Vchain helps airlines recognise and prevent potential passenger threats, automate ID checks and reduce process at airport

Harnessing digital technology to give patients a voice. Vitaccess have created a powerful real-world evidence platform to quantify patients’ experience of illnesses and treatments. Evidence-based patient data for the healthcare sector.

Xerion Healthcare, a University of Oxford start up, develop nanoparticles that are used to improve treatment of cancer. The nanoparticles are injected into tumours just prior to standard radiotherapy and act to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment, amplifying the dose of free radicals generated by the X-rays.

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