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BSP tenant, Oxford Advanced Surfaces, amongst best pitches at Collaboration Nation 2014 event hosted by Innovate UK

Oxford Advanced Surfaces LogoOAS Technology Manager and company founder, Dr Jon-Paul Griffiths, was voted 4th out of 79 for the best pitches at the Collaboration Nation: Technology Inspired event on 10 December 2014 for his presentation: Adhesion Promotion for Semicrystalline Thermoplastics.

The Innovate UK event gives small businesses the chance to show their ideas to potential partners and investors. Companies who pitched were drawn from diverse fields, including advanced materials; ICT; biosciences and electronics. Innovators watched their peers present 2 and a half minute pitches and voted live for their favourites throughout the event.

Watch Dr Jon-Paul Griffiths at the live recording of Collaboration Nation:Technology Inspired

jp 2ndpitch collaboratio nnationDr Griffiths, RSC Young Industrialist of the Year  in 2010, said ” Our biggest challenges as a company are finding the right person to work with, to establish those business to business connections with the big players, and getting money – development funding’s just not there anymore. So the feasibility study project funding allowed us to tackle a technically risky project, which has resulted in a more broadly applicable product. It’s expanded the potential for our technology. The event today allows us to meet investors who want to be part of our ongoing success story, and anyone with connections to the niche automotive and motorsport industries.”

Oxford Advanced Surfaces has developed a range of products to address the engineering challenges of advanced materials for the automotive, aerospace, protection/defence and energy industries. Professor Moloney and Dr Griffiths set up the company at Begbroke Science Park  in 2006 to exploit novel applications of its proprietary Onto™ carbene chemistry, spinning out from Oxford University’s Chemistry department.The company’s customer base includes industrial coatings specialists and a championship winning Formula 1® constructor.

CEO Philip Spinks commented “Well done to the team and to our Technology Manager Jon-Paul for his presentation! This is a fantastic result for us – this high profile event puts us in front of potential investors and raises our profile as we look for new customers for our surface modification products.”

 Find out more  about the event

Go to Innovate UK’s website

visit the OAS website




Joanna Grant