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The University continues to commercialise its research through spin-out companies to create an entrepreneurial environment in the University that encourages and rewards the generation of new inventions and knowledge, and to facilitate the transfer of new commercially and socially important inventions and knowledge to society.

Businesses and individuals can collaborate with us to develop research with commercial potential or invest in our spin-out companies.

Companies can spin-in to the university and access our inventions, research, technologies and facilities to develop a commercial opportunity through a collaborative approach in return for an equity stake.

The key criteria for assessment of the spin-in opportunity is alignment with the key research objectives of the university and an opportunity for collaborative research and integration of the university’s expertise and resources.

Avellino Labs Partnership

Ulster University and Avellino Labs partnership provides diagnosis and unique therapy for genetic eye disease via gene editing.


We have 19 active spin-out companies, with a collective turnover in excess of £50 million, employing over 700 staff.

Our companies include:

  • Axial 3D Ltd

    Axial 3D Ltd specialises in 3D printing technology to advance both standards and efficiency of surgical intervention. The company creates precise 3D models generated from Patient CT and MRI data to aid diagnosis and enhance pre-operative planning.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9018 3590

    View the Axial 3D website

  • Axis Composites Ltd

    Axis Composites Ltd specialises in composite technology, particularly 3D woven carbon fibre preforms, for the production of technically advanced structural composite components.   Manufacturing solutions and development programmes are undertaken with a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, ballistic, construction, mass transport, medical, marine, renewable energy and sports.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9036 6670

    View the Axis Composites website

  • Datactics Ltd

    Datactics' software manages big data and helps its capital markets, healthcare, government and supply-chain customers get their data in order. The company develops software platforms that profile, cleanse and reformat data for intelligent analytics for industry, banking and finance, government and healthcare sectors.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9023 3900

    View the Datactics website

  • Get Invited

    Get Invited provides a web service for online ticket sales and event management.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9082 3645

    View the Get Invited website

  • Inlifesize Ltd

    Inlifesize Ltd specialises in creating characters for virtual reality, mixed reality, film, television and games.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9536 7259

  • Intelesens Ltd

    Intelesens is an internationally recognised, leading innovator in targeted non-invasive vital signs monitoring. Company develops intelligent, wearable, non-invasive, wireless vital signs monitoring technology for responsive patient care, primarily for use in remote patient monitoring and personal telehealth applications.

    Telephone: +44(0)28 9073 6801

    View the Intelesens website

  • Jenarron Therapeutics Ltd

    Jenarron is developing a novel hydrogel platform for drug delivery that can be used to deliver drug substances to open wounds.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 7012 3285

  • Performa Sports Ltd

    Performa Sports Ltd has developed a real-time analysis iPad app and integrated Cloud analysis platform that helps coaches and players assess and improve individual and team performance in sports.

    Telephone: +44 (0)84 3532 8982

    View the Performa Sports website

  • SiSaf Ltd

    SiSaf Ltd specialises in design and formulation of solid nanoparticles and their application in topical, sublingual and other dermal forms of drug delivery.

    Telephone: +44(0)28 9099 8944

  • Solaform Ltd

    Solaform Ltd is a spin-out from Ulster's Centre for Sustainable Technologies. Its first product, SolaCatcher, is a new revolutionary, cost effective, solar water heating system, designed specifically for pre-heating domestic water. The patented system is easily installed and has the potential to improve on the cost-effectiveness of traditional forms of solar water heating already in use.

    Telephone: +44(0)28 9036 8564

    View the Solaform website

  • Surf-Spec Ltd

    Surf-Spec Ltd provides innovations in surface engineering, development and refinement of biological processes, novel diagnostic platforms and packaging solutions that ensure product integrity.

    The company's surface spectrum technology reduces risk associated with the development of highly innovative products where surfaces and interfaces play a key role.

    Telephone: +44(0)28 9036 8663

  • Tactility Factory

    Tactility Factory blends the technologies and cultures of textiles and concrete to create unique, tactile, infused concrete, interior design products.

    Telephone: +44 (0)20 3751 3456

  • Vifkon Ltd

    Vifkon was set up in 2013 as a spin out from Ulster University to commercialise fire and blast protection systems (FBPS) based on VifkoBlast a novel patented composite lightweight concrete material.

    VifkoBlast can be used to create inexpensive low density structures giving outstanding fire and blast protection.

    The company's business strategy is to design and develop and modular blast and fire proof structures for use where low weight is critical.

    Research and development programme includes joint work with the university on improving the VifkoBlast materials system and confirming its long term stability.

    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9036 8302