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Research and Innovation Services

Licensing Opportunities

Technologies Available for Licensing

The Research Commercialisation team has a range of opportunities where Durham University’s intellectual property, including patented technologies, software, data and know-how is offered for commercial use under licence.

Current technology licensing opportunities are listed below. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about a particular technology.

Biomimetic Liquid Handling Surfaces

Researchers at Durham have developed a ‘bioinspired’ architecture for water harvesting. The easily fabricated mesh was inspired by the hierarchical macro surface structure of the North American Conifer Thuja plicata and emulates its efficient water collection behavior. Envisaged applications include water harvesting and low cost breathable architecture for developing countries.

Antimicrobial Peptoids

Researchers at Durham have developed and patented a new structural class of peptoid molecules with drug-like activity against bacteria (including biofilms), fungi and neglected tropical diseases. Peptoids display a range of biological activities amenable too development as anti-infective agents. The Durham team have prepare and evaluated a library of over 250 peptoids and are actively seeking licensees and collaborators for drug candidate development.

Scaffold-Free Method for Preparing Skin Tissue

Durham researchers have developed a novel method of conditioning cells for use in in vitro skin tissue models. The method can be used to create skin tissue without the use of a biomimetic scaffold that is normally required to mimic the extracellular microenvironment of cells found in normal skin tissue. Problems associated with the use of scaffolds are avoided and the invention can be used to create tissue where cells exhibit biochemical, biomechanical and structural properties more similar to that of corresponding cells in tissue, in vivo.

Ultra-fast Oleophobic–hydrophilic Surface Coatings

Durham is seeking expressions of interest form suitably positioned industry partners to take forward the commercial development of a novel range of polymer surface coatings exhibiting significantly enhanced capabilities in manufacture and performance over currently available materials used in anti-fogging, self-cleaning surfaces and in oil and water separation.

PolyHIPE Scaffolds for Tissue Culture

Durham researchers have developed a novel range of candidate biomaterials using collagen I and chitosan–collagen to produced scaffolds using the high internal phase emulsion (PolyHIPE) templating method. These scaffolds have shown promise for guiding tissue regeneration through producing a porous interconnecting structure that is similar to the in vivo intracellular matrix.

Novel Surface Active Polymer Systems

Durham researchers have developed a suite of novel active polymer systems enabling polymers to be end-capped with functionalised dendrons prior to polymerisation in order to modify the surface properties of the finished polymer material or polymer blend.

Research Commercialisation Team Contacts

Michael Bath
Technology Transfer Manager

Dr Heather Allinson
Technology Transfer Manager

Dr Tim Hammond
Director of Commercialisation & Economic Development