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September 8th 2021

Further government funding supports phase II R&D lab conversion at The Oxford Trust’s Wood Centre for Innovation

The Oxford Trust, the local charity encouraging the pursuit of science and enterprise, is to commence the second phase of its conversion of dedicated high spec laboratory facilities at its Wood Centre for Innovation in Headington, Oxford, following £0.2 million additional Local Growth Fund support, secured by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).

August 19th 2021

Client company Optellum announces strategic collaboration with Johnson & Johnson

Optellum, a lung-health AI company based at our Oxford Centre for Innovation, has just announced a strategic collaboration with the Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson. Through the collaboration, Optellum will use its AI-powered clinical decision support platform to increase lung cancer survival rates through early intervention and prevention.

August 4th 2021

How The Trust and its partners support Science and Tech Start-Ups

An independent charitable trust, The Oxford Trust was set up by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood 36 years ago to “encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise”. Their experience of setting up Oxford Instruments, one of the University of Oxford’s early, and some say most successful, spinouts enabled them to appreciate the challenges that face young entrepreneurs.

July 2nd 2021

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire opens up our new R&D Laboratories

Imam Monawar Hussain, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and one of our trustees, officially opened our newly-converted class II R&D laboratories at the Wood Centre for Innovation alongside Jeremy Long, chair of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).

June 22nd 2021

Optellum wins NHS funding

Optellum wins NHS funding for its AI decision support to detect early-stage lung cancer this week.

June 18th 2021

Spintex wins Ray of Hope Prize!

Company Spintex wins the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize this week. The prize is awarded each year to the world’s top nature-inspired start-up after 10 finalist teams conclude a 10-week accelerator program. Congratulations to Spintex!

June 1st 2021

Createc’s ground-breaking robot

Createc has been developing smart radiation detection and 3D gamma radiation mapping technology over the last few years. Their ‘N-Visage®’ sensor has been deployed worldwide, including at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

May 17th 2021

Astrid Education strengthens leadership team with key hire from King

With a background from King and the Candy Crush franchise, Astrid’s new hire John Almbecker brings with him a broad experience of product development and building world-class digital consumer experiences.

May 17th 2021

Oxford Brain Diagnostics awarded £1.4m to test technology in NHS

Based in our Oxford Centre for Innovation, Oxford Brain Diagnostics (OBD) wins £1.4m funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to test Alzheimer’s diagnostics in the NHS.

May 17th 2021

Optellum goes global with breakthrough

One of our Oxford Centre for Innovation-based companies, Optellum launches the world’s first AI decision support for early lung cancer detection.