Fourteen spinouts from this Division alone, mostly from the Departments of Engineering, Chemistry and Computer Sciences, are evidence of an extremely successful year. Technologies from the Division are poised to make significant contributions to global health and wellbeing.
The Zoology Department – the origin of Natural Motion, an earlier spinout which exited for $527m – this year provided the expertise that went into Animal Dynamics (AnDy), which is creating machines incorporating evolutionary optimisations observed in nature. By observing and understanding how creatures move, AnDy is developing highly efficient machines that can be manoeuvred and propelled through the air, on land and through water.
Another Zoology spinout, Oxitec, was sold for $160m to Intrexon in August, having established the safety and efficacy of its technology to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries dengue. Later in the year the company gained widespread attention when the US FDA approved the release of Oxitec’s modified mosquitos, which can also spread the Zika virus, for a field trial to control the mosquito population in Florida.