Isis Innovation Limited is wholly owned by the University of Oxford.
Isis Innovation has three main business activities:
Isis helps Oxford University researchers to commercialise intellectual property arising from their research: patenting, licensing, spin-out companies.
Isis manages Oxford University Consulting which helps Oxford University researchers to identify and manage consulting opportunities and helps clients access experts from Oxford's world-class, interdisciplinary research base.
Isis Enterprise provides consulting expertise and advice in technology transfer and innovation management to clients across the public and private sectors around the world.
Isis was established by Oxford University in 1988 as its wholly owned technology transfer company. Isis has developed substantially over the years in a number of phases, as the technology transfer activity has grown, and with the formation of Oxford University Consulting and Isis Enterprise.
Our mission is to be the leading international technology transfer organisation, to transfer technology and expertise from the University of Oxford, to deliver value to all our clients, and to maximise social and economic benefits in a commercial manner.
Isis manages the University’s intellectual property portfolio, working with University researchers on identifying, protecting and marketing technologies through licensing, spin-out company formation, consulting and material sales. Isis funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities. Isis works on projects from all areas of the University’s research activities: life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Isis provides access to Oxford’s expertise and provides researchers with advice on commercialisation.
To see Tom Hockaday, Managing Director of Isis Innovation discuss the company's role within the University of Oxford, please click here (External Link).
Patents & Licensing
Isis filed 100 patent applications on behalf of the University last year, and manages over 470 patent application families and 700 licence agreements. Isis licenses technologies to companies who invest in developing and selling products in a timely and ethical manner. Licensees and commercial partners are sought from all technology and business sectors on an international basis.
Creating Spin-Out Companies
Isis has assisted in the formation of more than 70 University spin-out companies, generating significant value in equity holdings for the University of Oxford. Isis works with University researchers to develop new business opportunities, identifying and sourcing investment, management and professional services.
Isis Angels Network (IAN)
The Isis Angels Network introduces private investors and seed/venture capitalists interested in investing in spin-out companies from the University of Oxford to investment opportunities. Members of IAN may also be interested in serving as non-executive directors, nominated by the University, on boards of the new spin-out companies.
Isis manages the negotiation of sales agreements for biological and physical science materials developed within the University.
Oxford University Consulting
Oxford University Consulting (OUC) provides access to the full breadth of the University’s research. It offers clients world-class expertise to enhance innovative capability by supporting: discrete problem solving, external review and assessment (e.g. advisory boards, due diligence), professional coaching, open innovation, and blue-sky visioning/future thinking. Whether in the private or public sector, organisations can often require an independent and authoritative partner to provide insight and advice and to act as an innovative stimulus. OUC acts as a single point of contact for both the clients and academics in arranging these consulting services. Additionally, OUC can arrange access to the wide array of specialist services and facilities in the University.
Oxford Innovation Society (OIS)
The Oxford Innovation Society is a leading forum for open innovation, bringing together researchers and inventors, Oxford spin-outs, technology transfer professionals, local companies and some of the world’s most innovative multinationals. For 18 years, the Society has fostered links between business and the academic community and provided companies with a "window" on Oxford science and technology. Members enjoy advanced notification of all patent applications marketed by Isis, a regular newsletter, customised seminars and needs analysis, and attend the three annual Oxford Innovation Society meetings and dinners
Isis has strong University links with all the parts of the University involved in technology commercialisation and enterprise. These include Research Services; Begbroke Science Park and Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Saïd Business School.
Isis Enterprise is a division of Isis, offering consulting expertise and advice in technology transfer and open innovation to clients from the research, government and private sectors, in the UK and internationally.
To arrange a meeting with a member of Isis staff, please call:
Jenny Bailey, Head of Central Administration
T +44 (0) 1865 280839