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Expertise & Intellectual Property

As they strive to succeed in target markets, high-tech businesses frequently face the need to apply expert knowledge and skills that are broader and deeper than the capabilities they maintain in-house.

Along with our partners, we encourage organisations on the Harwell Oxford and Sci-Tech Daresbury campuses to make use of our expertise in fields including:

  • Advanced materials
  • Cryogenics
  • Detectors
  • Engineering & instrumentation
  • High-value manufacturing
  • Imaging
  • Microelectronics
  • Modelling & simulation
  • Optics
  • Photonics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Visualisation
  • Microfabrication

Linking with this commitment to share our skills as widely as possible, we and our partner organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and CERN, seek to maximise the impact of intellectual property (IP) produced by our leading-edge research. The potential value is underlined by the spin-out companies currently harnessing STFC IP and delivering solutions for global markets – spinouts with a total value exceeding £50 million.

There are extensive opportunities for on-campus businesses to:

  • Develop new products and services based on our IP
  • Set up new joint ventures and consortia to exploit it
  • Secure licences for the commercial exploitation of our patents

More information about STFC’s Intellectual property:


Kate Ronayne
Head of Innovation
+44 (0) 1235 445168

For more information about access to ESA’s IP:


Matt Edwards
ESA Technology Broker
+44 (0) 1925 603141

External links:

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Switchboard: +44 (0)1793 442000