Cambridge Enterprise portfolio companies rise to the top

Responsible for the commercialisation of University intellectual property, Cambridge Enterprise holds equity in more than 70 companies on behalf of the University.

The ten portfolio companies featured on the list are Light Blue Optics, Smart Holograms, CamSemi, Lumora, CellCentric, Enecsys, BlueGnome, Metalysis, E-Stack and Sentinel Oncology.

We are very pleased to see the significant economic and societal impact that our portfolio companies are having. It is a testimony to the quality of transformative research which comes from the University of Cambridge.

Geraldine Rodgers

Geraldine Rodgers, Head of Seed Funds at Cambridge Enterprise, said “We are very pleased to see the significant economic and societal impact that our portfolio companies are having. It is a testimony to the quality of transformative research which comes from the University of Cambridge.”

It has been a highly successful year for many of the companies in the portfolio. Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd (CamSemi) was awarded the 2009 Carbon Trust Innovation Award in the buildings category, in recognition of its innovative power management ICs and their potential to cut the energy consumed within buildings.

E-Stack, which provides low-energy ventilation systems which respond to variations in temperature and CO2 levels, was a recipient of an iaward in the places to live and work category. The iawards were launched by the Government to recognise and celebrate the best of British science, innovation and technology.

BlueGnome’s continued growth has been recognised by The Deloitte Technology Fast 50, one of the UK’s foremost technology award programmes. BlueGnome was ranked the fastest growing biotechnology company in Cambridgeshire and 20th in the UK across all sectors.

Enecsys, which in 2009 secured $10 million in Series ‘A’ funding, is developing a micro-inverter for photo photovoltaic panels that promises to revolutionise the solar industry by enabling higher performance and lower cost ‘plug and play’ solar power systems.

The last financial year marks two full years for Cambridge Enterprise operating as a wholly owned affiliate of the University. During this period, 400 new knowledge and technology transfer transactions were completed, bringing the portfolio to over 700 active equity, consultancy and licence agreements under management.

During this two year period, income exceeded £18 million, of which about £14 million was distributed to University academics and departments to encourage engagement in innovation, with the remainder reinvested in patent assets and to further support knowledge and technology transfer services to the University.

The full list can be found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/6867210/Top-50-University-spin-out-companies.html

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