Section 17: Oxford University Innovation Ltd

Oxford University Innovation (OUI), called Isis Innovation until June 2016, is the University of Oxford’s wholly owned research commercialisation company, established to help researchers in the University of Oxford protect and commercialise their intellectual property (IP) and expertise. Departmental staff who wish to commercialise their work through licensing, consultancy, or formation of spinout companies should be encouraged to contact OUI at the earliest opportunity.

Licensing and Ventures (Technology Transfer) - OUI helps Oxford University researchers to commercialise IP arising from their research: patenting; copyright; licensing; spinout companies; research reagents and patient reported outcome measures.

Consulting Services - OUI helps University researchers identify and manage consultancy opportunities, giving external clients access to Oxford expertise. The Consulting Services team also supports departmental administrators by arranging departmental service agreements to enable managed access to specialist equipment, facilities or expertise based in the department.

Isis Enterprise – Isis Enterprise provides consulting expertise and advice in technology transfer and innovation management to external clients across the public and private sectors, working in more than 50 countries.

OUI has produced five booklets to guide researchers through the processes involved in protecting and commercialising their IP and expertise, available through

OUI manages several funds accessible to University researchers for the development of technologies for commercialisation, including the Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund (UCSF), University of Oxford Innovation Fund (UOIF) and Oxford Invention Fund (OIF). Further information can be found at:

Staff, including researchers, with entrepreneurial ambitions and a concept that does not rely on University-owned IP may get support from the Startup Incubator.

The University's stake in spinouts is managed by the Spinout Equity Management (SEM) team, who also operate an investment fund on behalf of the University:

The Oxford Innovation Society (OIS), managed by OUI, is a leading forum for open innovation, bringing together researchers and inventors from the University with industry, investors and business professionals:

Reagents – most materials and reagents generated by researchers during the course of their work will belong to the department. Researchers wishing to sell their reagents and materials should do so through OUI, who ensure that the sales agreements are in the best interests of the researchers:

  • financially lucrative;
  • continued unhindered research using those materials;
  • protection from any legal comeback from the purchasers.

OUI negotiates the sales agreements, invoices and collects the money, which is then transferred to a departmental cost centre for use by the researcher. Further information available at: or contact us at:


Some suggestions for new DAs

  • Contact the University Relationship Manager at OUI to discuss how their staff can help and work with the researchers in your department
  • Ask OUI to contribute to departmental seminar programmes, or help them to arrange lunchtime drop-in sessions in your department.
  • Introduce OUI, and the support it offers, to new academics starting in your department.
  • Ensure that staff talking to Oxford Sciences Innovation (the University's partner for investing in spinout companies) are also working with an OUI Technology Trasfer manager to ensure that University IP is correctly protected and licensed.
  • Bookmark and use the web page
  • Subscribe to Innovation Insights and Technology Updates at:
  • Call (2)80830 with any questions or if you would like help.