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Britain's universities are world-beaters – but they need to do far better at commercialising UK academic research

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Oxford University produced 41 spinout companies in the the five-year period to 2016

They are among Britain’s greatest national treasures and a powerful engine of ideas and innovation for the nation’s booming technology industry.

But how good are UK universities at commercialising the research and expertise which springs from their laboratories and lecture halls?

On one level, Britain’s university spinout sector seems to be thriving. 

During the five-year period to 2016, Oxford University produced 41 spinout companies, up from 21 in the previous five years ended in 2011. At Cambridge University, the number of spinouts grew from 13 to 33 over the same timeframe.

They include some of the brightest hopes in UK business.

ARM Holdings, the cutting edge microchip designer acquired...

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