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Albion Ventures LLP is a leading independent venture capital investor, managing approximately £250 million of funds across seven Venture Capital Trusts. Albion Ventures LLP is a partnership formed by the Close Ventures’ management team to acquire the business of Close Ventures Limited. For more information, visit

Carbon Trust on its energy efficiency and clean technology venture capital investment activities. The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. It provides specialist support to help business and the public sector cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. For more information, visit

Frog Capital is a London-based European investment firm specializing in growth capital for technology-driven businesses across the cleantech and IT & digital media sectors. With €100m under management, Frog seeks to lead or partner on investment where companies require between €2 million and €20 million of funding for expansion capital, minority purchases, management buy-outs or acquisitions. Occasionally, Frog invests in quoted companies. For more information, visit  

Rainbow was launched in May 2002 and comprises a partnership of public research laboratories with funding of £10 million provided by the Office of Science & Technology. The Rainbow Seed Fund provides investment to support the early stages of business formation out of research in the public sector science base. The Rainbow Seed Fund is independently managed by specialist venture capital manager Midven Ltd. For more information, visit

UK STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory One of the UK's foremost scientific establishments, STFC RAL has spun out many hi-tech start-ups through its STFC Innovations Ltd subsidiary, and through its MicroNano Technology Centre. STFC RAL is a shareholder in Oxsensis through SFTC Innovations Ltd. For more information, visit

Seven Spires Investments Limited is an investment vehicle established in 2003 investing in technology-based, private companies based in the United Kingdom. With a strong IP focus Seven Spires looks to partner with world class scientists capable of growing companies to a size of $100m+. For more information, visit

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ £2mn Stephenson Fund has invested in innovative companies working in the field of mechanical engineering. Stephen Tetlow MBE, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said:  “I am really excited that through the Fund the Institution is able to support Lontra, Amalyst, Oxsensis, Tokamak Energy and Oxford Space Systems in developing exciting and innovative technologies which really are inventions likely to be useful to the world.  This is the Institution getting back to its roots.”
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Aircraft brakes can reach in excess of 1000°C during emergency braking. Oxsensis is working with Meggitt Sensing Systems to produce a photonic sensor solution.

Project OASES


Chris Wood, R & T Team Leader of Airbus said, “Developing this technology now will provide UK’s aerospace industry with key intellectual property.....” 

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