We set out with the aim of unlocking the potential of Dstl-owned discoveries to deliver additional impact from Dstl’s research in Science & Technology (S&T). In 2017 an even larger pool of innovations became available to us following an agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). This extended our access to innovations from all MOD departments, including the Front-Line Commands, Strategic Command, and the Atomic Weapons Establishment.
We are an integral part of the UK government’s technology ecosystem, and ensure government science delivers real prosperity to the economy, our society, people’s lives, and the environment.
By connecting inventors and investors, we have helped accelerate to market products that change the day to day lives of individuals, nations and the whole world.
Ploughshare Innovations is established to provide a commercialisation route for technologies developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
P2i is the first company to be spun out. The business is based on technology that creates a hydrophobic coating originally developed to protect soldiers from chemical agents.
An independent report identified that Ploughshare’s activities have contributed £65m GVA (Gross Value Add) to the UK economy. Additionally, 550 jobs and £44m of exports have been created.
Dstl worked closely with industry partner and licensee BBI Detection to provide Public Health England (PHE) with 10,000 test kits to support medics in Sierra Leone during the Ebola Outbreak.
An improved design for satellite navigation signals was licensed to the European Commission and will be employed in the Galileo system.
The Ministry of Defence’s Intellectual Property Rights group (DIPR) signed an agreement with us to expand Ploughshare’s role to provide technology transfer services to wider MOD.
An independent report identified that Ploughshare’s activities have contributed £118m GVA (Gross Value Add) to the UK economy. Additionally, 585 jobs and £75m of exports have been created.
Ploughshare moved to the newly built science park as lead tenants. Being just outside Dstl, it places us much closer to our main source of innovations and allows us to forge links with the other high-tech businesses on site.
Hetti joined Ploughshare from Vodafone where she led the transformation of the UK Enterprise Business. Hetti has spent the last 25 years in financial, transformation and commercial leadership roles across major blue chip organisations, often working with leading-edge technologies.
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