Founding and Core Members
We benefit from the contributions of all our members. These companies, organisations and institutions are supporters and participants in Advanced Oxford as we work together to grow our innovation economy.
Successful ecosystems require businesses and organisations which provide essential services to support operations, strategy and growth. Advanced Oxford is proud to have a group of companies working as part of our membership as sponsors of our work. These companies provide invaluable insight and connections across Oxfordshire, working with us to grow our innovation economy. You can read more about their activities to support innovation and innovative companies below.
Mishcon de Reya
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs over 1300 people with more than 630 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. The firm has grown rapidly in recent years, showing more than 40% revenue growth in the past five years alone.
With presence in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Singapore and Hong Kong (through its association with Karas So LLP), the firm services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply.
The work the firm undertakes is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning six core practice areas: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Innovation; Private; and Real Estate.
Mathys & Squire
Mathys & Squire is an intellectual property (IP) powerhouse, putting our specialist knowledge to work to strengthen and secure what most modern businesses today treat as one of their most valuable strategic assets. We are a full-service IP firm with unrivalled expertise in patents, trade marks, design protection and litigation. With over 70 qualified attorneys and a dedicated IP consulting team across offices in London, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, York, Luxembourg, Munich and Paris, as well as teams based in Belfast, China and Japan, our specialists cover a wide range of technical fields and industry sectors.
Our central Oxford office sits in the heart of Oxford’s thriving innovation ecosystem in the Oxford Centre for Innovation (twinned with the Wood Centre for Innovation in Headington), a hotbed for startup and early-stage businesses specialising in science and technology. We are experienced at developing and implementing bespoke IP strategies to help startup and scaleup businesses in the Oxfordshire innovation ecosystem achieve their commercial goals – whether it be for the purposes of protecting market share, securing investment, boosting valuation for exit or otherwise. The Oxford team has particular expertise in the fields of chemistry, materials science and physics, and regularly presents to local networks and accelerators/incubators. Our door is always open to companies looking for advice.
CBRE - Oxford
CBRE Group, Inc. a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2021 revenue). The company has more than 105,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries.
With over 3,000 employees across the UK from 16 dedicated offices, we service every property need across the country. Our newly establish Oxford office provide a comprehensive range of services to landlords and occupiers in the Oxfordshire area. The largest dedicated agency team in the county operates across the Office, Life Sciences, Technology and Industrial & Logistics sectors. The region’s focus on Tech and Life Sciences has made it an attractive market for investors and developers looking to transact, and for occupiers looking to locate their businesses.
James Cowper Kreston
James Cowper Kreston is a leading firm of accountants and business advisors, helping businesses and individuals in Oxford and the wider Oxfordshire region to maximise their potential.
With their Oxfordshire office located in Cumnor Hill, they have long been supporters of the region’s knowledge and economy. They have partnered with law firm, Taylor Vinters (now Mishcon de Reya) and Oxford University Innovation, to develop and deliver the Structuring for Success course, which supports young, innovative companies on their journey to growth. Their Joint Managing Partner, Sue Staunton, is Chair of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Health and Life Sciences group.
Early-Stage Company Members
Our Early-Stage company members have first-hand experience of the challenges faced in setting up and scaling a company in Oxfordshire, including key issues such as raising funding and attracting and retaining talent. Their perspectives on finding and securing suitable workspaces, transport and housing will contribute to our work and ensure that we can represent the fullest range of views as we engage with policy and decision makers.
Brill Power develops intelligent battery management and control technology to increase the lifetime, reliability, safety, and sustainability of lithium-ion battery packs for stationary energy storage and electric vehicles. Our product is a game-changing combination of hardware and software optimizing the capability of battery cells within battery packs.
Battery cells do not degrade uniformly over time meaning battery packs underperform, behaving only as well as their weakest link. Therefore, packs must be oversized by up to 20% to meet lifetime requirements and when one series-connected module dies, the entire pack is sent to waste. By managing the cells within packs more intelligently, Brill Power can extend battery lifetime by up to 60% or deliver up to 15% more energy when a conventional battery system would be discarded. Our technology can be used when designing packs for both first and second life battery applications, meaning batteries can be as intelligent and sustainable as possible. Brill Power is a spin-out company from the University of Oxford.
ColdQuanta is a global quantum technology company solving the world’s most challenging problems. The company harnesses quantum mechanics to build and integrate quantum computers, sensors, and networks. From fundamental physics to leading edge commercial products, ColdQuanta enables “quantum everywhere” through our ecosystem of devices and platforms.
Learning with Experts
Learning with Experts is the first online learning provider to combine a global, interactive classroom, with broadcast quality videos, accredited curriculums, and true expert teachers – wherever you are. We are already experiencing great traction and have found product market fit in specific high growth sectors experiencing exponential growth in the current consumer environment including,
- Health and wellbeing – customers include Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Boots No7 Beauty influencers and staff;
- 14 NHS Trusts are working with Learning with Experts. Projects include providing online education for patients on hospital waiting lists, help for patients with chronic health conditions and creating supported online communities;
- Horticulture and Design, working with Royal Horticultural Society and Designers Guild;
- Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Michel Roux Junior and Raymond Blanc;
- University of Buckingham at Masters level, the largest teacher training university in the UK and pioneers in innovation in education.
We have over 100 well known experts – individuals and brands – in our educator community. We strongly believe that Learning with Experts will have an impact on a global basis, reaching millions of people worldwide and positively changing lives and behaviours through education.
Lightricity is an environmental impact focused company aiming to eliminate the need for battery proliferation in many applications of IoT which threaten to add billions to trillions of batteries to environmental waste. We enable organisations wishing to realise the benefits of IoT and wireless technologies to do so without the scalability and cost challenges of battery change as well as the sustainability impact. Lightricity is based in the Oxford Science Park and has patented novel indoor photovoltaic technology (PV) material structures, manufacturing processes and power management architectures that enable entirely battery-free devices. This PV, already in volume production, is six times more efficient at harvesting indoor light (LED, fluorescent) than competing options including at much lower light levels and over a much wider temperature range. This has changed the possibilities on what can now be practically powered. It has enabled us to develop a range of entirely light-powered battery-free devices including asset tracking tags, sensor devices and indoor navigation beacons that have been deployed in UK hospitals, industrial and retail applications.
Nucleome Therapeutics is decoding the dark matter of the human genome to uncover novel ways to treat disease. The dark genome holds more than 90% of disease-linked genetic variants whose value remains untapped, representing a significant opportunity for drug discovery and development. The Company has the unique ability to link these variants to gene function and precisely map disease pathways. Nucleome’s cell type-specific platform creates high resolution 3D genome structure maps and enables variant functional validation at scale in primary cell types, enabling the discovery and development of novel, better and safer drugs. The initial focus of the company is on lymphocytes and related autoimmune disease. Nucleome’s ambition is to build a robust pipeline of drug assets, with corresponding biomarkers. Nucleome Therapeutics was founded by leading experts in gene regulation from the University of Oxford.
Quantum Dice is an award-winning spinout from the University of Oxford. Leveraging its patented source-device independent self-certification (DISC™) protocol developed at the University of Oxford, Quantum Dice is developing the first compact, high-speed and continuously self-certifying quantum random number generator (QRNG). Self-certification is a feature which enables a real-time and reactive health check of the encryption key generator instead of the retrospective and static entropy tests that are currently used across the security industry. This is important for both existing classical and quantum security systems. Quantum Dice is creating standards for QRNGs alongside the UK’s National Physical Laboratory and is currently working with customers to integrate QRNGs into security systems for a wide range of applications, from protecting terrestrial Internet of Things (IoT) networks to satellite communication systems.
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