What Frontier IP does
Frontier IP Group Plc (LON:FIPP) is an investment and asset management company that focuses on providing consultancy services to universities and other research organisations to help them commercialise any intellectual property (IP) arising from their research.
The group aims to grow its value by taking equity stakes in any spin-out companies that arise from the commercialisation of IPs.
What it owns
As of 17 October 2019, Frontier’s portfolio consists of;
• Alusid – Develops SilicaStone, a stone substitute made from recycled industrial waste
• Nandi Proteins – Researches technology to improve the functional properties of proteins used in food-making such as eggs and whey
• The Vaccine Group – Makes vaccines for animals to prevent them from passing on illnesses to humans such as Ebola, SARS, AIDS, Marburg, and swine and bird flu
• Tarsis Technology – Develops tech that allows controlled delivery of active ingredients using metal-organic frameworks
• Porexpert – Provides software to help model porous structures and test their properties
• Pulsiv Solar – Develops technology to increase energy efficiency in solar farms as well as power converters for TVs, mobile phones and other electronics
• Exscientia – Uses artificial intelligence to automate the design of pharmaceutical drugs
• Cambridge Simulation Solutions – Provides methods of simulating and controlling complex discontinuous processes, such as how neural transmitters work in the brain
• Amprologix – Aims to introduce new classes of antibiotics to help combat antimicrobial resistance to treatments
• Molendotech – Provides a rapid assay to screen water for faecal contamination and other harmful bacteria without the need for laboratory testing
• Fieldwork Robotics – Develops robot technology to harvest fruits and vegetables
• NTPE – Develops a technology to print electronic circuits and semiconductors onto paper
• Elute – Software firm specialising in plagiarism detection
How it's doing
For the year ended 30 June, Frontier IP reported a pre-tax profit of £2.35mln, up from £902,000 in 2018, while total revenues jumped 81% to £4.27mln, reflecting an unrealised profit on investments of £3.85mln.
The fair value of the group’s investment portfolio also increased by 47% to £13.25mln, while it ended the year with a cash balance of £1.47mln compared to £1.1mln last year.
- Frontier has become involved in ScienceIN2Business, a technology transfer competition run by the University of Lisbon
- In March, The Vaccine Group said it is making “significant progress” with its animal vaccine platform and, significantly, has started work on an animal inoculation that would prevent the spread of coronavirus from animal to human
- In February, portfolio firm Cambridge Raman Imaging Limited (CRIL) was been awarded €140,000 (£116,380) in EU funding to accelerate development of its graphene-enabled scanning microscope
- In January, Exscienta signed a collaboration deal worth up to £203mln (€240mln) with German pharmaceutical giant Bayer focused on oncology and cardiovascular disease