|9 December 2016|

Oxford

Global investors have injected more than £200 million into a fund which invests in innovative ideas coming out of Oxford University with the goal “to build world-class companies”.

Oxford University on behalf of Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) today announced a substantial increase of capital raised worldwide to scale innovative ideas from the University of Oxford into world class companies. OSI’s capital base stood previously at £350m, but a fresh injection of capital will now boost this to almost £600m. Some of Asia’s leading technology companies and sovereign wealth funds, as well as European industrialists, are among the additional investors.

OSI provides capital and scaling expertise to businesses driven by intellectual property developed at the University of Oxford. The company’s mission is to build on the University’s position as one of the world’s leading research institutions, and further to enhance its track record for developing globally successful businesses.

Vice-Chancellor of The University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson: “We have long operated in a global marketplace, for students, academics and research funding, and know that we have to become altogether more creative in generating new sources of revenue.

This is an extraordinary global vote of confidence in the quality and potential of the research conducted at Oxford. This initiative will bring benefits to the university, to the researchers, to the investors, and to society at large.

We are a cosmopolitan community of students and scholars. We welcomed our first international student in the twelfth century so it is part of our DNA. It should be no surprise, therefore, that we have attracted investment from all over the world.”

Chair of OSI, Peter Davies: “Raising this capital reflects our confidence in the breadth and quality of opportunity available to investors in helping the University of Oxford develop a world-class commercial ecosystem around its unmatched intellectual capital and heritage. We are also very excited to be working with new shareholders from across the world, notably from Asia and Continental Europe, and grateful to our original supporters, the ten largest of which have participated in this funding round.”

Major corporate investors in OSI include Invesco Asset Management Limited, IP Group plc, Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP, Oxford University Endowment Management, the Wellcome Trust and Woodford Investment Management Limited. Its individual investors include the entrepreneur Sir Charles Dunstone, and artificial intelligence pioneer Demis Hassabis of Google Deep Mind.