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Innovation – the centre of corporate strategiese
Lord Sainsbury, UK Minister for Science and Innovation
British Innovations
On the road again
Christopher Macgowan, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Fossil Fuels – An Energy source for the Future
Greg Lewin, President, Shell Global Solutions
Chain of success
Kenny McKay, Director, and Will Wright, Manager, Restructuring practice at KPMG
Innovation and the Patent Office
Lawrence Smith-Higgins, Head of Awareness Information & Media The UK Patent Office
Benefits of association
Dr Michael Moore, CEO, PIramed Ltd
Innovation and strength in the UK biotech sector
Aisling Burnand, Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association
Simfonec: Helping make good research BIG business
Heron Evidence Development: Successful deal of missed opportunity
Springwell Ltd: Match-maker for Innovative Technologies
Korn/Ferry International: Pharmaceutical companies desire to break the mould
A quality core interface
Dominique Kleyn head of BioPharma Business Development, Imperial College London
Evolutec Group: Creating a range of commercial options
Moving forward
Dr Ceri Williams, Senior Manager, Science and Innovation at Yorkshire Forward and Dr Danielle Hankin, Bioscience Cluster Manager
Oxitech: Revolutionising SIT Programmes
Oxford Expression Technologies: Meeting the needs of the post-genomic era
Business Services
Innovating business related services
Norma Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association
BT: Innovation Strategy and Innovation Continuum
UK Film Council: How the UK wins in the international film industry?
On the defence
Major General Alan Sharman CBE, Director General, Defence Manufacturers Association
ProEtch: Precision parts of quality
Wallop Defence Systems: Aircraft Countermeasures and the Dual Spectral Threat
Education, Education, Education
Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills
Applied Sciences at Wolverhampton - Innovation in Higher Education Professor Trevor Hocking, Associate Dean, International Development
Wind energy
Marus Rand, Chief Executive, British Wind Energy Association
Vital energy
Ian Leitch, Commercial Director, Energy Industries Council
Waterman Group: Solutions to solve climate control legislation
Winning the war against germs
Dr Ron Mitchell, Managing Director, GB Environmental
Show me the money! Funding for innovation – who can help?
UK: Innovation Nation?
Launching the “Innovation Nation?” initiative
Innovation in the 21st Century
Gemma Harman, Director of Strategy & Media, BT Chief Technology Office
UK Manufacturing - a driving force for innovation
Andrew Manly, Director General, Manufacturing Technologies Association
Waterman Group: Single project model 3D
Renishaw: Achieving global manufacturing competitiveness in the UK
Yorkshire Forward
The European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
Del Stark, Chief Executive, European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
University research drives a new wave of innovation
Omar Cheema, Nanotechnology Business Development, Imperial College London
Oxford Instruments: Enabling nanoscience and nanotechnology
Semefab (Scotland): A real driver of change
Metal Nanopowders: New products that meet your needs
Regional Development
London Development Agency: One jump ahead
91Advantage West Midlands: At the heart of it all 95


Oxford Instruments

Enabling nanoscience and nanotechnology

Blue and violet laser diode

As a global leader in advanced instrumentation, Oxford Instruments has a broad range of capabilities which provide the tools, processes and solutions needed to advance fundamental nanoscience research and its transfer into commercial nanotechnology applications. With a unique set of technologies to enable the manipulation and observation of matter at the smallest scales, Oxford Instruments offers solutions for the fabrication and characterisation of nanoscale materials, structures and devices, and environments in which to perform fundamental nanoscience.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University over 40 years ago, Oxford Instruments today employs over 1,200 people, operating globally, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Our objective is to be the leading provider of new-generation tools and systems for the Physical Science and Bioscience sectors.

This involves the combination of core technolgies in areas such as lowtemperature and high magnetic field environments, X-ray, electron and opticalbased metrology, advanced growth, deposition and etching. Our products, expertise, and ideas are part of the next generation of telecommunications, energy products, environmental measures, security devices, drug discovery and medical advances.

At the centre of our business is the development of solutions to meet our customers? needs by providing nanotools for the creation of unique environments, characterisation, and manipulation of matter at the smallest scales. Our strategy focuses on supplying tools and systems across fundamental nanoscience research, through commercial development, to exploitation in future nanotechnology products.



Nisample exhibiting a change in grain structure as a result of mechanical stress

After creating nanostructures, the ability to characterise the morphology, composition and crystal structure is a key requirement. As structures and devices progress from research to commercialisation, such ability becomes essential in quality control and environmental compliance.


HyperSense (DNP) system

Oxford Instruments? solutions provide researchers with the ability to control environments for the exploration of fundamental nanoscience, allowing nanoscale and quantum effects to become observable by the application of high magnetic fields and very low temperatures.


The convergence of traditional scientific disciplines from the physical and life sciences is one of the most exciting aspects of nanotechnology, with the potential to revolutionise life science, healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. By combining our core capabilities with new strategic partnerships, Oxford Instruments is developing the next generation of life science tools.

Partnership and collaboration

Oxford Instruments Innovation offers companies, institutions, researchers and entrepreneurs a unique opportunity for collaboration in new ventures.

Our objective is to support new ideas and develop partnerships to rapidly bring them to market. Through collaborations, strategic funding, incubation or providing routes to market, we are able to provide a unique environment to develop nanotechnology concepts into commercial reality.

Contact: Oxford Instruments Innovation
Old Station Way
Eynsham, Oxfordshire
OX29 4TL, UK
Tel: +44 1865 881437