Who’s Here 2020-09-23T13:58:24+01:00

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Albotherm is University of Bristol spin-out company specialising in responsive polymer coatings. Our coatings reflect heat and light at high temperatures and can be used in greenhouses to providing automatic shading for delicate crops.


Facilitating the next generation of supercapacitors, batteries, thermal materials, and air purification systems by enhancing their constituent technologies with graphene.

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Argonaute RNA

Argonaute RNA’s proprietary Crook-siRNA platform technology targets known disease-modifying genes to safely switch off production of those proteins proven to cause diseases. Their innovative method of stabilising siRNA avoids a range of issues which have hitherto proved significant obstacles to developing siRNA drugs for use in man.


BCP specialise in identifying business opportunities for emerging technologies and using interdisciplinary teams to drive innovation forward.  By forging a connection between the private sector and academic institutions, BCP is working to kick-start the creation of scientific enterprises and opportunities in Bristol, thereby driving the growth of a Scientific City.


Carbometrics is a specialist chemistry company based in Bristol, UK.  Our core competency is the design, synthesis and derivatisation of highly selective and robust carbohydrate-binding molecules. One subset of these molecules – our family of glucose binding molecules (GBMs) – exhibits unprecedented selectivity for glucose. It is unaffected by pH and is highly chemically and thermally stable.  Our approach to designing GBMs is completely novel and distinct from those used in incumbent glucose sensing technologies that are based on boronic acids, proteins or enzymes.

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CytoSeek’s mission is to use cell membrane augmentation technology to unlock the potential of next generation of advanced therapies. We are a spinout company from the University of Bristol. Our novel cell membrane augmentation technology enables us to add new functionalities to cell therapies including tissue-specific targeting and enhanced cell survivability.

CytoSeek is engaged in proof of principle studies to demonstrate enhancement of cell therapies for cancer, heart disease, osteoarthritis and diabetic wound healing. We are looking to partner with cell therapy companies to bring these products to the clinic and ultimately enhance human health.

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DaptaBlade provides multidisciplinary engineering simulation and design optimisation services. We help our customers meet certification requirements and improve the performance of their products faster and with fewer physical tests.


FluoretiQ ‘s Quantum-enhanced fluorescence sensors are capable of detecting fluorescent emission at unparalleled levels of sensitivity and use solid-state technology, which translates to savings of up to 90% of nearest rivals.​

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Folium Science

Folium Science researches and develops Biome Modulators for the agriculture and food sector. Our unique CRISPR technology harnesses bacteria’s natural defense to bio-actively maintain bacterial populations which can support animal nutrition, plant health and soil condition. This organic, non GMO, non-antibiotic solution has the potential to change the way we manage our food value chain in the future.

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Glaia develops nanotechnology-based solutions for sustainable agriculture.
Our mission is to enhance agricultural productivity and reduce the pressure on natural resources by optimising plants’ performance. With an innovative approach to the developmentment of more efficient and sustainable agrochemicals, Glaia’s disruptive technology improves photosynthesis in plants, the current bottleneck in food production. photosynthesis, the bottleneck in biomass production.plants’ photosynthesis, the bottleneck in biomass production.plants’ photosynthesis, the bottleneck in biomass production.

Halo Therapeutics

Halo Therapeutics is a biotech company that integrates the latest scientific advances in computational chemistry, chemistry, and biology to rationally discover and develop the first small molecule surface-targeting Class A GPCR therapeutics.


Imophoron is developing a novel vaccine platform for use on emerging infectious diseases. The platform is based on a single component of the human Adenovirus that spontaneously forms a superparticle, the ADDomer. The team have demonstrated tumour clearance in a melanoma (skin cancer) mouse model and are now developing a universal vaccine candidate for Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika.

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KETS has developed a range of technologies for quantum-secured communications, including quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum random number generation (QRNG). Our devices are based on integrated photonic technologies leading to miniaturisation, cost-effective manufacture, and complex functionality.

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Material X

MaterialX makes computational chemistry easy to use, yet highly accurate. The company is focused on the rational design of new materials through an innovative approach to molecular modelling and has strong scientific foundations rooted in 10+ years of academic research. MaterialX is on a quest to establish itself among the key players in industry 4.0.

Mechanised Biosystems Ltd

Mechanised Biology is a new way to work with plants and fungi.

NS Science

Next Step Science provides facilities, business support and expertise for early-stage scientific companies. As the designer, developer and facilities manager behind Unit DX, we are working to lower the barriers to entry for science start-ups.

Nunano Ltd

NuNano is a UK-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of probes for atomic force microscopy and cantilever-based sensor devices.

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Phase Bioloabs

Phase Biolabs is developing a scalable platform for the production of carbon neutral products.We produce clean and renewable liquid fuels directly from carbon dioxide using renewable electricity. Our power-to-liquid (P2L) bioprocess couples decarbonisation of transportation with the storage of renewable and intermittent power generation.

Phylo Bioscience

Phylo Bioscience’s primary focus is the translation of host-microbiome research into accurate, practical and personalised clinical microbiome analysis for the global community of healthcare providers. We are a team whose expertise spans molecular microbiology, neuroscience, immunology and pharmacy. Our understanding of the need to explore host responses to the microbiome in health and disease shaped the development of the laboratory and the diagnostic profiles we provide.


QLM are developing a quantum-inspired laser radar, capable of detecting minute methane leaks and designed to be mounted on a drone for conducting aerial surveys.


The QTEC programme is a joint initiative between the University of Bristol and Cranfield University which aims to connect quantum-minded engineers to the National Quantum Technology (QT) Programme. This generously funded year-long initiative brings together companies, investors, and the facilities and skills essential for the incubation of early-stage businesses in the emerging quantum technology industry.


Raycal provides consulting services in the area of quantum technologies, with special focus on optics and photonics. The company has a wide range of expertise including product development, market research and technology analysis.

Rosa Biotech

Rosa is redefining biosensing. We are enabling previously intractable challenges in early disease diagnosis and industrial biotechnology to be addressed accurately and at scale.

Our patent-pending technology builds upon and extends the pioneering protein design work of Prof. Dek Woolfson and his team at the University of Bristol’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre, BrisSynBio. By combining this with advanced machine-learning techniques, we offer a powerful platform capable of being trained to address numerous complex biosensing problems.


Siloton develops optical detector systems for a range of academic and commercial applications.


SMDR Limited is a University of Bath spin-out specialising in a novel catalytic chemical reactor technology. The spinning mesh disc reactor (SMDR) is a rotating disc reactor incorporating a catalyst cloth can enable fast reaction rates and product yield for the production of pharmaceutical intermediates. It is a modular, inherently scalable and flexible technology for a range of chemical reactions.

Space Forge

Space Forge are saving our home planet by producing the next generation of materials in outer-space. Back on Earth, our materials more than double energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by 75%. We harness the benefits of the space environment through a fully reusable and returnable satellite, the first of its kind.

Spin Up Science

Championing and supporting innovators and entrepreneurs in science.


STL Technology is a technology development company focused on supporting innovation in advanced engineering industries. The firm’s expertise lies in its growing resources in the field of condition and structural health monitoring, software, modelling and simulation. STL has excellent links to research organisations and universities, and have an extensive understanding of the most promising emerging technologies.


TherMap Solutions, a spin-out from University of Bristol, is building cutting edge thermal characterisation instruments and offering thermal characterisation services.


Zentraxa’s proprietary technological platform, Zentide, combined with our extensive technical know-how allows us to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with synthetic biopolymers. We specialise in the design, production and testing of complex novel peptides and, as a result of our Zentide platform, can circumvent previously existing bio-design limits imposed by conventional peptide synthesis, with one universal process.

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GM Scientific

GM Scientific is an R&D based business that specialises in nuclear track etch detector technology. Consultancy, sourcing of equipment and materials can be offered.

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ID Quantique

ID Quantique (IDQ) is the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, designed to protect data for the long-term future. The company provides quantum-safe network encryption solutions and services to the financial industry, enterprises and government organisations. IDQ also commercializes a quantum random number generator (QRNG), which is the reference in the security, simulation and gaming industries. Additionally, IDQ is a leading provider of optical instrumentation products, most notably photon counters and related electronics. The company’s innovative photonic solutions are used in both commercial and research applications.


Inductosense graduated from Unit DX in 2019, and moved to their own 5,000 sq ft facility to allow them to scale-up their R&D and production activities.

Inductosense has developed innovative ultrasonic sensing technology for non-destructive testing of structures. The Wireless and Non-Destructive System (known as WAND) can be used across a range of industries such as Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Wind and Aerospace to reduce inspection time, downtime and associated costs.

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Innaxon Therapeutics is an early stage, UK-based company, working on the design, validation and formulation of novel immune-modulating glycolipids targeting key innate immunity receptors such as Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). There is a rapidly expanding demand for such designer adjuvants owing to their wide range of application in vaccine optimization and potentiation against infectious diseases and use as anti-inflammatories.

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Ziylo Ltd

Ziylo was sold to Novo Nordisk in 2018, and the team spun-out a new company, Carbometrics, which still resides at Unit DX. For more information on the deal, click here.

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