Technology commercialisation through Imperial Innovations

Imperial Innovations is Imperial College London’s commercialisation partner. Innovations works with entrepreneurial academics and inventors across the Imperial ecosystem to guide the translation of academic research through the commercialisation process.

Innovations can help you:

  • Patent your research
  • Form a company based on your research
  • Licence your technology to an industry partner, in exchange for royalties
  • Support you in attracting translational grant funding for your research
  • Sell your research materials through Quicktech, its straightforward online licensing platform

Did you know?

In 2014, Imperial Innovations reviewed 164 inventions made by staff in the Faculty of Engineering – almost half the total inventions submitted by staff across the College.

Patent your research

If you have developed an idea or invention through your academic research, our technology transfer team will work with to protect your invention and develop the idea towards commercialisation.

Please use our contact form to get in touch today if you think you’ve developed something novel - it doesn’t matter how early stage it might be.

Forming a company

Imperial Innovations forms companies based around university technology. Some of our leading businesses are derived from research undertaken at the Faculty of Engineering:

Our spinouts


A battery materials and licensing company developing silicon anodes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Nexeon is based on Emeritus Professor Mino Green’s research at Imperial.

Find out more about Nexeon.


A cardiovascular business that has developed unique 3D stent technology designed to improve the biomechanical and blood flow characteristics of vascular stents. Veryan is based on Emeritus Professor Colin Caro’s research at Imperial.

Find out more about Veryan.


A leading provider of cloud-based image recognition systems and mobile visual search technology, Cortexica’s FindSimilar technology is used in a range of advanced mobile apps for fashion. The company is based on research by Anil Bharath and Jeffrey Ng at imperial.

Find out more about Cortexica.

Innovations forms around six companies a year based on IP developed at Imperial, and a number of these receive venture capital support from the Group. If you’re interested in starting a business around your research, you should contact a member of the Engineering Technology Transfer team.


Imperial Innovations also licences technology developed at Imperial to industry. Our team will discuss this process with you if we have patented your technology. Find out more about how we decide whether to licence or form a business around a technology.

Support for grant funding

Many translational grants require input from your technology transfer office. Imperial Innovations is happy to support grant funding applications from Imperial academics; you can contact a member of the Engineering team to get started.

Did you know?

During 2014, Imperial Innovations supported applications for grant funding worth more than £23 million.


Quicktech is a new platform developed by Imperial Innovations to support straightforward technology licensing transactions for products such as research materials or software.

If you have a technology you’re interested in offering through the platform, or would simply like to learn more, please contact: