Welcome to Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine.
Information about Oxford and Oxfordshire’s knowledge economy, the innovation landscape and ecosystem is available here. You can access research reports, including Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine 2023 report and the Oxfordshire Innovation Ecosystem Dashboard. Scroll down the page to access the content.
Our analysis on gender diversity is now available. A companion paper to Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine, 2023, this report looks at gender diversity across technology and IP-based companies at different stages, comparing female participation in Oxfordshire with the rest of the UK. Scroll down to the ‘reports’ section.
Case studies – Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine 2023 contains case studies on leading companies and investment activity in the region. Our case studies are now being published on this page – take a look at the first two, Perspectum and regional angel network, OION.
Oxford and Oxfordshire – a scientific super-cluster
The ambition to place the UK at the forefront of science and technology is embodied in the Government’s concept of the UK as a ‘Scientific Superpower’. The role of science and technology in fuelling economic growth and new jobs is at the heart of this ambition. Oxfordshire’s Innovation Engine, 2023, has been produced to ensure that Oxfordshire builds on its position as a leading tech cluster, and to assist in positioning Oxford, and the Oxfordshire region, as a place that is consistently associated with science and innovation.
Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem
- Oxfordshire is a thriving innovation ecosystem which has grown and developed substantially in the 10 years
- The region is recognised for its universities and research institutions and for its strong industrial base and its thriving community of spin-outs and start-ups.
- There are 2,950 high-tech businesses employing 29k people.
- 1,500 of these companies are highly innovative, science, technology, engineering and maths-based companies.
- 12k people are employed in R&D intensive companies.
- 5.7k patent applications have been made by Oxfordshire based firms and institutions in the last 5 years (to 2022).
- The region’s science parks and campuses have swelled in numbers and have grown substantially in the last decade.
- 64% of the region’s businesses are innovation-active according to the UK Innovation Survey
View the Dashboard
Oxfordshire’s Innovation Ecosystem Dashboard draws together a set of indicators that attempt to characterise the ecosystem in relation to science and technology driven business. The dashboard has been created by Advanced Oxford and International Center for the Study of Research at Elsevier to provides a picture of the knowledge economy across the region, allowing users to understand the composition and dynamics of innovation activity across the region.
As new data/indicators become available, the dashboard will be updated. If you have suggestions for improvements, or would like to suggest new datapoints for inclusion, please contact [email protected]
The dashboard is free to access and free to use. Please provide your e mail below.
Perspectum - cutting edge clinical digital technologies
Perspectum span out of Oxford University in 2012, based on a pioneering discovery by Dr Rajarshi Banerjee. Perspectum case study
Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION)
The Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) is the business angel platform of Oxford Innovation Finance and is Oxfordshire’s principal angel network. OION Case study
Sophos - international cybersecurity company, HQed in Abingdon
Sophos span out of the University of Oxford, starting life in a house in Kidlington. The company has international reach, but maintains its Abingdon HQ. Sophos case study.
Immunocore - harnessing the immune system
Commercial biotech Immunocore develops novel therapies that harness our immune system by using T Cell Receptor (TCRs) biology to fight disease using science that originated from research conducted at Oxford University. Immunocore case study.
Oxford Science Enterprises - investing into Oxford spin-outs
OSE is an independent investment company that helps to found, fund and build new enterprises, drawing on University of Oxford ideas and expertise.
Read the Oxford Science Enterprises case study here
Oxford Nanopore - DNA sequencing, from Oxford to the World
The company’s DNA sequencing technology is now being used by researchers in more than 120 countries, supported by a worldwide team of more than 1000 staff. In the UK, Oxford remains its global HQ with offices and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Harwell Campus.
Read the Oxford Nanopore case study here
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