Fusion IP plc (Fusion) was established in 2002 to commercialise university-generated intellectual property. It has long-term exclusive agreements with two of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, the University of Sheffield and Cardiff University, giving it exclusive access to all the IP generated by their research departments. These exclusive agreements enable Fusion to identify world class IP and turn it into a commercial opportunity, either through the creation of a start-up company or a licence.
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We are 100% committed to building successful, profitable businesses out of the exceptional intellectual property being generated by the UK’s universities.
More than a traditional venture capitalist, our business model is based on long-term partnership agreements with leading research-intensive universities that enable us to work with each university to identify and then exploit its high tech research.
Our investment strategy of having a balanced portfolio with a combination of short, medium and long-term investments aims to minimise risk, whilst offering the potential for a significant growth in value for our shareholders.
HOW WE WORK WITH OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS
Since our flotation on AIM in 2005, we have signed long-term agreements with four universities:
These partnership agreements are structured to allow each partner to play to their strengths – our university partners focus on IP creation and innovation and we focus on commercialisation, through the creation of spin-out companies. In Sheffield our agreement also gives us exclusivity to license any appropriate technology and share the resulting profit with the university and academic team.
With each partner university we are well integrated into the university’s commercialisation process, working with each existing technology transfer group, to ensure that the commercialisation process is smooth and seamless.
Since flotation on AIM in 2005, we have raised a total of £48m from UK public markets for investment in the Fusion model and a further £60m for our portfolio companies from venture funds.
In the long term our success is measured in terms of material exits and the return we generate on these exits for our shareholders.
Our exclusive relationships with The University of Sheffield, Cardiff University, The University of Nottingham and Swansea University provide us with some of the UK’s most exceptional research and IP.
In collaboration with the University’s existing technology transfer operations, we identify emerging opportunities for commercial development. We then commercialise this IP, either through the formation of spin-out companies or by licensing.
The Fusion IP model is to sign long term partnership agreements with leading research intensive universities for 100% of their future IP pipelines and the right to equity in the resultant spin-out companies on incorporation. The interests of the academic are aligned by giving them a significant shareholding in the spin-out company.
This gives us a powerful combination of high quality IP from our university partners, our own commercial expertise and start-up funding, and enables us to turn world class research into valuable businesses.
We support and nurture a range of companies in an exciting variety of sectors. From medicine to energy, we seek to make the very best of the emerging IP from our university partners.
Take a look through our portfolio to find out more about the companies and the innovations we’re helping to bring to life.
Our portfolio is filterable by industry, partner and current or exit status.
Doug Liversidge - CBE, Chairman
Appointed to the Board of Fusion IP Plc on 1 December 2004, having been a director of Fusion IP Trading since 28 November 2003. He was employed for 21 years at British Steel, before moving to G W Thornton Limited as Managing Director and subsequently Chief Executive.
He guided the company through its flotation on the full list of the London Stock Exchange in March 1987. In 1991 Mr. Liversidge was awarded South Yorkshire Businessman of the Year. Mr. Liversidge acts as a Senior Industrial Advisor to the University of Sheffieldand was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours List for services to industry.
David Baynes - CEO
Appointed to the Board of Fusion IP plc on 2 November 2004, having been a director of Fusion IP Trading since 2 January 2003.
David has previously worked at Celsis International plc (“Celsis”) from its incorporation to its flotation on the full list of the London Stock Exchange in July 1993; Toad plc (now 21st Century Technology PLC), which he co-founded, and was responsible for taking the company from start-up to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange; Whereonearth Limited; Codemasters Limited.
Stuart Gall - Commercial Director
Appointed to the Board of Fusion IP plc on 27 April 2005. Mr. Gall has experience in both small company start-ups and public companies and specialises in marketing, communications and new business development.
He has previously worked at British Airways plc, The Promotions Partnership Limited, Anvil Limited and Toad plc (now 21st Century Technology PLC).
Peter Grant - Operations Director
Appointed to the Board of Fusion IP plc on 1 December 2004, having been a director of Fusion IP Trading since 2 January 2003.
Peter has a PhD in Biochemistry from Cardiff University and has previously worked at Genzyme UK Limited; Celltech Limited; Enzymatix Limited and Celsis plc, which he co-founded and took to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.
David Catton - Non-Executive Director
Dr Alison Fielding = Non-Executive Director
Bob Rabone - Non-Executive Director
Richard Birtles - Company Secretary
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Fusion IP’s advisors are as follows:
Independent Auditor: KPMG Audit plc
Nominated Advisor & Broker: Cenkos
Registrar: Capita Registrars
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