From university research to a spinout hosting exciting royal visit

Natasha Boulding and Prince William in front of Low Carbon Materials logo

Prince William made a visit to Durham University spinout Low Carbon Materials (LCM) this week. His Royal Highness learned about how the Earthshot Prize finalists create their innovative, low-carbon construction materials. LCM spun out of Durham University in 2019, co-founded by Dr Natasha Boulding, Scott Bush and Dr Phil Buckley. The company develops materials that […]

Newcastle spinout Microbritt raises £400k to scale up unique business

Newcastle University spinout, Microbritt, has raised £400,000 to scale its production capacity. The investment will also enable the company to expand their sales and engineering team and invest in R&D. The investment round was led by the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Northstar Ventures, alongside Business […]

New road material paves the way to net zero

A road resurfacing scheme in County Durham has used a new material which enables the creation of net zero asphalt. This UK first uses a material designed and manufactured by Low Carbon Materials (LCM). LCM is a Northern Accelerator-supported spinout from Durham University. Durham County Council and roads resurfacing partner Rainton Construction – part of […]

Future Founders know how to make an impact

A person runs on a treadmill using Respiratone's breath analysis device

Do you want to develop the commercial potential of your research now or in the future? Future Founders is a training offer from Northern Accelerator, specifically designed for academics to embrace enterprise opportunities from their research. The majority of participants on previous courses have gone on to launch their own spinout businesses, and researchers at […]

£1.4m for innovative test that could detect asthma earlier

Northumbria University spin-out, PulmoBioMed Ltd, has raised £1.4m to help commercialise its technology. The company has developed a new lung test that could lead to earlier diagnosis of asthma and other conditions. The investment round was led by the North East Venture Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Mercia Ventures, […]

Record year of investment for Newcastle University spinouts

Newcastle University marked a record year in 2023 as investments in spin-out across life sciences, sustainable engineering and digital tech totalled over £40m. Created from research discoveries, the University’s 37 active spin-out companies now employ over 300 people. Spearheading the investment surge is Advanced Electric Machines who completed a £23M fund raising round. The funding […]

In the press: Newcastle spinout creating more jobs at new city centre base

Aelius Biotech team

Newcastle University spinout Aelius Biotech has raised £1.25m investment from the North East Venture Fund. The company now plans to open new lab facilities in the city centre. Aelius Biotech provides testing services for pharmaceutical and nutrition companies, using a model of a human gut to trial new drugs without the use of animals. The […]

In the press: CellRev secures £1.4m for scale up

CellRev logo

A Newcastle University spinout has secured investment of £1.4m from the North East Innovation Fund and Innovate UK. CellRev spun out in 2019 and was the brainchild of academic founders Dr Martina Miotto and Professor Che Connon. The company focuses on technologies for the continuous manufacture of adherent cells. Their work is applicable in the […]

Northumbria ‘team of the year’ champions commercialisation at modern universities

Northumbria University’s IP and Commercialisation team scooped Team of the Year at Praxis Auril’s Knowledge Exchange Awards 2023. As a core partner in Northern Accelerator, Northumbria has demonstrated how a modern university with high-quality research can build a high-performing, sustainable technology transfer office without decades of investment and development. The team achieved this through clear […]

Join the academics making an impact by commercialising their research

Image of Dr Martina Miotto of CellulaREvolution

Academics from Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities are invited to apply for pre-incorporation funding to take their promising research outcomes closer to commercialisation. Funding is available in two forms – feasibility awards of up to £10,000 and proof of concept awards of up to £50,000. Applications must be submitted by 1 December 2023 and the […]