Opportunities for Licensing

The University has a large portfolio of medical, biomedical, engineering and environmental patents available for licensing to organisations like yours. Whether it's a life-changing vaccine or a piece of time-saving technology, our intellectual property could be an important part of your company's future.

Our portfolio of patents available for licensing:

Supplemental Oxygen During exercise

100% oxygen (O2) therapy is widely used in patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Congestive heart failure (CHF). Supplementary oxygen is seldom recommended for exercise Paradoxically, in CHF patients, supplementary O2 has been shown to worsen heart function, cause peripheral vasoconstriction and thereby reduce tissue O2 supply. Our solution – The provision of 40% O2 during exercise

Low fat emulsions

Utilisation of air filled protein coated droplets which do not rely on hydrophobin droplet shells that can be substituted for fat in emulsions to enable production of low fat foods.

Improved pultrusion resin applicator

A method of applying resin through a new applicator that mixes resin as required and impregnates the fibres close to the die giving improved product charachterisitcs and reducing environmental impact.

Improved filament winding resin applicator

A method for spreading bundles of  fibres without damage and impregnating with resin and hardener mixed “on demand”

Control of oxide film defects in aluminium castings

It has been discovered that addition of small amounts of an element reduces variability of the mechanical properties of castings. This reduces variability between castings’s mechanical properties, doubles the Weibull modulus and halves the standard deviation in mechanical properties such as UTS.

Using Polymers to Liberate Cell Membrane Proteins

A method for combining polymers with cell membrane lipids to produce disk shaped nanoparticles, which are a useful tool in cell research and drug discovery.

A compact antenna for mobile devices that will operate across a range of bandwidths

This space saving antenna which is applicable to current and future mobile communications technology, measures approx. 45mmx5mmx7mm and operates between 460MHz to >3GHz including penta-band cellular services, future cellular 4G services, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc.  It can be employed as a wideband spectrum sensing antenna, or narrow band communication antenna.

Synthetic sensing platform for detection of glycoproteins

Many diagnostic tests rely on the interaction of a biomarker with an antibody  UoB research has created synthetic receptors at nano-cavities on surfaces that are complementary in size, shape and functional group orientation a the target glycoprotein. This sensor chip integrates seamlessly with existing SPR technology already available in many laboratories

Rare earth magnet recycling method

Rare earth magnets are used in a wide range of commercial devices.  Rare earth metals have become increasingly expensive over the last few years and supplies can be difficult to access.  UoB research has developed a system that allows simple extraction using hydrogen decrepitation 

Extracellular secretion of proteins expressed in E. coli

Current mechanical or chemical extraction of proteins expressed in E. coli results in high levels of impurities being extracted along with the target protein.  Our solution - Host cell secretion pathways have been manipulated to express proteins in the extracellular environment. 

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Smart emulsions for Dual and Independent Release of Actives

Researchers at the University have developed a method to overcome this challenge by encapsulating one active inside submicron size particles that are subsequently used to stabilise the interface of a water-in-oil or oil-in-water emulsion, with active-2 encapsulated in its dispersed phase.

Metal nanoparticles for tissue, cell and materials imaging

A new method has been developed for attaching metal complexes to nanoparticles for imaging cells and tissues and other studies in materials science. This approach allows a high loading of luminescent or MRI probe materials on the nanoparticles providing nanoprobes with strong signal output. Attachment of targeting agents on the nanoparticle is also possible allowing mixed modality use.   Cell imaging has been undertaken using epi- and confocal luminescence microscopy as well as transmission electron microscopy.

High Voltage Direct Current Power Converter

Researchers at the University have developed an alternative solution to using circuit breakers. The new solution provides fast DC fault control and protection from DC fault currents using a half bridge VSC MMC in a two-terminal or multi-terminal HVDC power transmission system by reducing the current to zero through novel routing managed by the VSC converter itself.

Targeting DNA damage responses by functionalized nanoparticles for cancer therapy

Novel nanoparticles have been developed which introduce chemo-sensitising or radio-sensitising compounds into the nucleus of the cancer cell acting as DNA repair inhibitor and nuclear localisation signal element.

Long lasting antibacterial coating for stainless steel

A novel plasma surface alloying technique to harden stainless steel surfaces by co-alloying with N and/or C to form a hard, wearing resistant phase and at the same, time introduce bacteria-killing agents, such as Ag or Cu, into a stainless steel surface.

Infra-red Shutter

Electro-optical modulation is an attractive alternative as it simplifies operation, provides significantly higher modulation speed, shrinks dimensions, resistant to mechanical shocks and is silent.

3D Imaging

A system has been developed using novel software which can be constructed from a small number of off the shelf components, namely a camera, beam projectors and mirrors.  The system uses the projectors to project a number of carefully chosen light patterns onto the object. For each pattern, the camera acquires an image of the surface of the object. Multiple projectors and mirrors can be used to achieve all-round scanning by imaging the object from multiple viewpoints at the same time

A new production method for boron carbide

A low temperature synthesis route which offers the potential to reduce energy requirements and labour cost of manufacturing boron carbide, one of the world's hardest materials.

Monitoring Power Grids Using Distributed Space State Estimation (DSSE)

Power grids are ideally operated in a steady state; however they almost always function in transient conditions due to system disturbances. Research has shown that by monitoring conditions at a set of system locations in a cyclical manner,  transient state estimations can be made, based on the data from sequential time steps which give greater accuracy over current methods.

Novel re-formable modelling and adhesive material

Workers at the University have developed a material which combines the best properties of modern modelling materials formable adhesives, and traditional clays.

Real-time Micro Oxygen Demand Sensor

A biocompatible oxygen demand assay (BOAD) utilising the unique behaviour of ferrocene carboxylic acid (FcA).

Novel re-formable modelling and adhesive material

Workers at the University have developed a material which combines the best properties of modern modelling materials formable adhesives, and traditional clays.

Supplemental Oxygen During Exercise

100% oxygen (O2) therapy is widely used in patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Congestive heart failure (CHF). Supplementary oxygen is seldom recommended for exercise Paradoxically, in CHF patients, supplementary O2 has been shown to worsen heart function, cause peripheral vasoconstriction and thereby reduce tissue O2 supply. Our solution – The provision of 40% O2 during exercise

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