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Durham University

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.

A selection of current technology licensing opportunities is listed below. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about a particular technology. All our technologies can be viewed in more detail via our IN-PART portal here.

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.

Breath Acetone Monitoring

This new device combines techniques to measure absolute acetone concentrations across a wide concentration range. It also uses a custom designed flow-body and breath sampler to deliver human breath in real time to be measured for applications in passive diabetes monitoring and also for use in training and nutrition optimisation in elite athlete training.

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.

NTP regeneration system

Researchers at Durham have demonstrated a mutant enzyme in concert with a readily-accessible, inexpensive phosphorylation agent for the re-formation of NTPs. The mostly aqueous system has low impact by-products and is potentially very low cost.

Smart electroceutical patch

Durham Scientists have harnessed bio-techniques to create a new generation of smart electroceutical substrates that can be combined with bandages and surfaces to detect bacteria activity, destroy bacterial biofilms reducing the use of antibiotics, by improving their efficacy.They are flexible, require no batteries and are low cost to produce making them attractive to a number of skin treatment applications.

Improved Manufacture of 3D Electrical Connections

Engineers at Durham and Sheffield Universities have developed a novel lithographic method for the creation of electronic circuitry over non-planar surfaces within volumes using Computer-Generated Holograms. This technology, for example, promises to permit the manufacture of a through-silicon via (TSV) alternative.

Novel membrane targetting anti-microbial

Researchers at Durham have developed low molecular weight antimicrobials designed to target the cell membrane. Their mode of action is novel (and different from other membrane-targeting actives such as antimicrobial peptides). The USP lies in the mode of action; the agents modify the chemical composition of the membrane and do not target any metabolic pathways.

An Improved Microgripper for Cell Manipulation

The Durham MEMS microgripper acts like remotely controlled tweezers and promise to combine low cell damage with high levels of cell control. The device uses selective thermal expansion via a hot/cold arm principle to create the tweezer–like gripping action.

Research Commercialisation Team Contacts

Michael Bath
Technology Transfer Manager

Dr Heather Allinson
Technology Transfer Manager

Dr Naomi Willis
Technology Transfer Manager

Dr Tim Hammond
Director of Commercialisation & Economic Development