Our partners

As an innovator in the field of university IP commercialisation, we work closely with both research-intensive universities and investment funds, to ensure we maximise our ability to create world class businesses from university research.

Together, we bring innovation and research to life.

University partners

The University of Sheffield

Formed in 1897, The University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading universities, and excels in scientific and technological research and development. It is recognised as the UK’s 5th university for quality of life sciences research.

In 2005, Fusion IP signed a 10-year agreement with the University of Sheffield for the exclusive rights to commercialise all of their university-owned medical IP, through either licensing or the creation of spin-out companies.

In July 2008, Fusion signed a new expanded agreement with the University of Sheffield to add all university owned physical sciences IP to the original agreement, such that Fusion had the rights over all of the University of Sheffield’s IP, through either licensing or the creation of spin-out companies. This new expanded agreement gives Fusion the exclusive rights to all physical sciences IP until 2018, in addition to the exclusive medical IP rights, which currently run to 2015.

Cardiff University

Formed in 1883, Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities, with over 5,000 staff and 22,000 students.

A member of the exclusive Russell Group of research-led universities, the Sunday Times 2013 University Guide described it as a powerhouse of academic and research excellence, that boasts one of the best graduate employment rates in Britain.

In January 2007, Fusion completed a ten year exclusive agreement with Cardiff University, giving it the right to commercialise (through the creation of spin-out companies) Cardiff University’s research-generated IP.

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has over 40,000 students on its three campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China and as a member of the Russell Group is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities.

In 2012 it generated over £100m in research grants and after the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results in 2008, it was ranked 7th in the UK for its research excellence, according to the research power rankings produced by Research Fortnight.

In 2008 the University of Nottingham was named Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

In 2013 Fusion IP entered into a MOU Agreement with the University of Nottingham. The MOU, which has an initial term of 5 years, gives Fusion IP the right to receive 10% of a Fusion start-up company on incorporation and the first right to invest 50% of the first funding, at a pre-money value of £500,000.

Swansea University

Established in 1920, Swansea University is a research led university, that following the latest RAE, 85% of its staff submitted for assessment were classified as producing research of an international quality or above and almost 50% as “world-class” or “internationally excellent”. It has a number of excellent research departments and its newly built, Institute of Life Sciences, is one of the premier research facilities in Wales and the largest university campus investment by the Welsh Government.

In 2013 Fusion IP entered into a MOU Agreement with Swansea University. The MOU, which has an initial term of 5 years, gives Fusion IP the right to receive 10% of a Fusion start-up company on incorporation and the first right to invest 50% of the first funding, at a pre-money value of £500,000.

Investment partners

Finance Wales

In 2013 Fusion IP extended its co-investment agreement with Finance Wales Investments (‘FWIL’) for a further five years. As part of the agreement Fusion IP will share the opportunity to invest in each new spin out company with FWIL and in return FWIL will ensure each is given formal consideration, as part of its investment evaluation process.

Finance Wales makes commercial investments in small and medium-sized businesses throughout Wales. Finance Wales manages funds approaching £400 million and currently has £34m of funds under management for investment in seed and growth investment into high-calibre, IP-rich, technology-based businesses in Wales, including university spinouts. This fund has invested £21 million to date and retains £12.5 million for new and portfolio follow-on investments. Finance Wales is currently engaged in raising its next significant fund and forecasts a new Technology Venture Fund of some £40 million, to be closed by first-quarter 2015.

IP Group

Founded in 2001, IP Group are considered to be one of the global leaders in the field of university intellectual property commercialisation, with unrivalled access to university IP, having entered into long-term partnership agreements with 10 of the UK’s leading universities.

In 2009 IP Group took a 19.8% shareholding in Fusion IP. At the same time Fusion IP also entered into a Co-Investment Agreement with the Company, in which IP Group has the right to acquire for cash, 20% of Fusion’s equity in any new portfolio company. As Fusion normally owns 60% of any new portfolio company at start-up, IP Group’s shareholding would normally equate to a 12% stake in the new portfolio company.