Commercialisation of our intellectual property (IP) lets your business benefit from innovations emanating from University of Manchester research.

We have a rich history of innovation and pioneering new technologies, and offer a range of technology transfer and IP investment opportunities across diverse market sectors.

How we manage enterprise investment

The University of Manchester Innovation Factory drives the commercialisation of our innovations and intellectual property to create positive global, social and economic impact.

The Innovation Factory works with academic and student inventors from each of the University’s three faculties to identify research that has the potential to create future value. The team connects with external stakeholders, including industry, entrepreneurs, licensees and investors to commercialise these world-changing ideas and technologies so that they can benefit society as a whole.

Commercialisation case studies

Examples of spin-out companies that have brought innovations to market include:

  • Acoustek, whose leak-detection technology was licensed to Pipeline Engineering;
  • Bioxydyn, a developer of diagnostic imaging tools that is now working with the pharmaceutical industry;
  • NeuTec Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company that evolved from our own Infectious Diseases Research Unit.

To find out more, download our commercialisation case studies leaflet (PDF document, 707KB).

For information on other projects, visit the Innovation Factory's projects page.

Contact the Innovation Factory

For intellectual property commercialisation, contact a relevant member of the operations team.

For general enquiries, email

MSP – Manchester Science Partnerships

The University of Manchester is a shareholder in MSP, a provider of specialist environments and growth support to science and technology companies. MSP offers campus facilities across Manchester and Cheshire, offering incubation, laboratory, office and meeting space for businesses at all the different stages of their lifecycle.

Visit the MSP website to find out more.