Company Profile

Building an exciting future on the firm foundations of our past

Launched in 1826 as London University, UCL was the first such institution to be established in the Capital, the first in England to be entirely secular and the first to admit women. Today, it’s one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research universities, ranking highly in national and international league tables.

There are at least 29 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields medalists amongst our alumni and current and former staff.

Our roots in medicine, healthcare and medical technology go deep. Our academics have played key roles in many important breakthroughs, from the discovery of the structure of DNA to the discovery of hormones. In addition, as part of UCLPartners, we’re integral to the world’s largest academic health science centre.

We bring together ideas, innovations and industry

UCL’s first technology transfer company was founded in 1993, becoming UCL Business (UCLB) in 2006 to provide a link between the university’s academics and entrepreneurs beyond.

‘As drivers of innovation, we use our expertise to commercialise the exceptional ideas of UCL researchers, to benefit society and the economy.’

This supports UCL’s Grand Challenges of increasing our positive impact on and contribution to Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

Our mission is not an empty philosophy but one we’ve proven in practice. That’s why we’ve become renowned for aiding the development of commercially valuable technologies arising from UCL’s faculties, particularly in the field of biomedical research.

What we do—

Changing the world

For UCL’s many innovators we provide a total, end-to-end capability. This ranges from intellectual property (IP) protection, patent registration and support for the creation of new businesses, through to the licensing and sale of technologies to industry partners.

You can rely on our highly experienced, expert business managers and project management team to work with you every step of the way, right from your technology’s earliest stages. Via proof-of-concept studies and market research we’ll steer your novel idea to a position where its potential can be fully realised.

At that point, we’ll help ensure your IP is protected and determine whether licensing or forming a spin-off company is your best route to market. Our expertise ranges from identifying and negotiating with possible licensing partners to developing and delivering the complete structure – the people, plan and funding – that a new and sustainable spin-off enterprise needs.