University of Oxford spin-out Oxford HighQ (Co-founders Professor Jason Smith and Professor Claire Vallance) are the recipients of an IOP Business Start-up Award. This prize is awarded to 'young companies with a great business idea founded on a physics invention, with the potential for business growth and significant societal impact'.
Oxford HighQ develops optical microcavity analysis (OMCA) for application in nanoparticle and chemical sensing. Their highly sensitive optical microcavity sensors are robust and inexpensive, and can be readily manufactured in volume. The first application of the technology allows particle-by-particle measurement of the quantity of active drug loaded into drug delivery nanoparticles, delivering results in real time at much lower cost.
Research areas: Materials and Devices, Optical Physics