Building on this success, the recent Science and Innovation Audit for Oxfordshire identified four key innovation focus areas for the region:
Oxford’s robotics research is leading in the field, exemplified by Oxbotica, a spinout which is leading a consortium trialling driverless cars on the roads between Oxford and London.
Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) are world leading, and a key source of health focused innovation. Three technologies developed at OUH, including the vital signs monitoring programme SEND, were licenced to Drayson Technologies by OUI in a landmark deal to facilitate more effective commercialisation across the NHS.
Home to the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) hub, part of the £270m National Quantum Technology Programme, Oxford University is working on the hardware behind quantum technologies. The technology is being rapidly commercialised, with three quantum spinouts launched in the first three months of the 2017/18 year.
Space and Satellite Applications
The Harwell Campus Space Cluster is home to the UK’s space industry. Members of the space cluster include the STFC’s RAL Space Centre, the Satellite Applications Catapult, and the European Space Agency’s satellite applications and tech transfer offices, as well as many other complementary companies and organisations.
Focusing on these areas and other core strengths of the Oxfordshire region (such as robotics, life sciences, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and many more) will ensure that Oxfordshire remains synonymous with innovation.