UoB Spin Out Fluoretiq acquires exclusive licence to AST Technology


We are excited to announce the acquisition of an exclusive licence to SCFI™- an Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing technology from the University of Bristol.

In 2017 Professor Massimo Antognozzi and his team developed Sub Cellular Fluctuation Imaging (SCFI™) which enables real-time capture of metabolic activity within bacterial cells. SCFI™ has been proven as a fast, phenotypic technique that can provide actionable information at the patient bedside. By entering an exclusive licence agreement with the University, FluoretiQ have acquired the rights to develop and commercialise this technology.

FluoretiQ CEO, Neciah Dorh commented:

“At FluoretiQ, we are passionate about bringing products to market that support the fight against AMR and sustainable prescribing of antibiotics. We will develop SCFI™ as a sister technology to NANOPLEX® to promote evidence-based and effective antibiotic treatments”

Ros Darby, our Head of Research Commercialisation and Investment said “We have been working with Fluoretiq since its inception in 2017 as a spin out company of the universityFluoretiQ has developed a revolutionary technology platform NANOPLEX® which supports their first product line aimed at diagnosing infections in fifteen minutes flat. Now we are pleased to be able to support FluoretiQ further with this licensing agreement and are proud to be supporting them in their AMR mission”.

Read the press release here: https://www.fluoretiq.com/blog/fluoretiq-secures-exclusive-licence-to-ast-technology/

Bristol academics in UK entrepreneur list

It’s always good to see great UK science in the headlines. Hummingbird Ventures have highlighted some of the best bioscience labs. They welcome additions, so tell them if yours isn’t there!

Working at the University of Bristol, we’ve always known we had great bioscience. What’s been astonishing is the rapid growth of spinouts in recent years – all thanks to great entrepreneurs and great commercialisation experts.


Discover SetSquared!

Calling all tech entrepreneurs! Come to SETsquared Bristol’s open event to find out how our programme can help grow your business

About this event

Discover SETsquared is our open event where you can find out about our business support programme and meet the team. The next event is Thursday 24 March from 4 – 5 pm and includes a talk from Entrepreneur in Residence, Anna-Lisa Wesley and a SETsquared alumni member.

Tech founders or aspiring tech entrepreneurs of all levels and backgrounds are welcome to attend. The event will take place online to be accessible to anyone in the UK and is aimed at non-SETsquared members.

Our award winning incubator, SETsquared Bristol, grows global technology businesses from Bristol. All UK tech entrepreneurs can benefit from our high-quality, bespoke business support, whether you are from the private sector or a university spin-out. For more info visit www.setsquared-bristol.co.uk.

This event is kindly supported by Startups Magazine.



UoB Spin out company Glaia has secured £1 million in new investment in a deal led by Green Angel Syndicate, the UK’s largest network of specialist investors fighting climate change.

The investment will allow the company to commercialise their carbon-based ‘sugar dots’ technology, which reduces emissions from crops by 30% when applied to the plants.

Glaia is led by Dr. David Benito-Alifonso and Dr Imke Sittel, both formerly of the School of Chemistry. Read more in the press release.

Energy & Environmental Innovation Roundtable


Monday 14 February, 8.30 – 10.30

Register your place

What are the key energy and environmental challenges faced by industry and how can cutting edge university research and innovative start-up solutions help solve them?

Join event MC Lucy Siegle, journalist and reporter from BBC’s The One Show and the Guardian, and an A-list corporate line-up which includes Mitsubishi, Shell Ventures and UK Water Industry Research who will outline their challenges.

If you’re a university researcher or start-up founder, this is an opportunity to hear directly from the industry about the energy and environmental challenges they face, network, and make new contacts.

You’ll also get an exclusive look at six exciting ideas for the energy and environmental technologies sector emerging from universities across the UK – so don’t miss out!

This event is brought to you by the Innovate UK funded ICURe Programme.

SETSquared Bristol – Breakthrough Bursary – supporting BAME businesses

What is the Breakthrough Bursary?

SETsquared Bristol’s Breakthrough Bursary supports BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) entrepreneurs to grow their tech business with our bespoke business incubation programme.  

Our programme can help you get your product ready for market or grow your existing business, whilst retaining your existing company culture. 

The Bursary covers 75% of Startup Membership costs for up to 12 months. This equates to a cost of £37.50 + VAT per month for awardees to become members of SETsquared Bristol. The Bursary is kindly funded by our SETsquared alumni members. 

Applications for the next round of Breakthrough Bursary are open from 21 September to 8 November 2021. Successful applicants will be invited to commence membership from January 2022.  

Apply by 8 November 2021

You will need to have information about your business available in order to complete the application.

What you get:

Bespoke business support

Business advice and coaching from our Entrepreneurs in Residence

Mentoring from experienced business leaders, SETsquared alumni and Advisor in Residence clinics

Support with raising investment and finance

Skills and training

A full programme of skills and training workshops, forums and peer-led focus groups

Support in the entrepreneurial community

A supportive community of tech entrepreneurs and network of potential partners and investors

Access to SETsquared events including networking and investment showcases

PR including representation on our website, newsletters and social media

Discounted rates on a range of useful business software

Who is it for?

Founders or businesses must meet a few simple criteria: 

You are a BAME technology entrepreneur with a UK-registered business

You have an ambition for business growth and financial success

You can commit a minimum of 2 days per week to developing the business

You are open and receptive to support and advice

We welcome applications from anywhere in the UK


“The University of Bristol…one of the UK’s most prolific for commercialising innovation and producing successful spin-out businesses”

Check out this article in Bristol Business News that names The University of Bristol as one of the UK’s most prolific for commercialising innovation and producing successful spin-out businesses!

We are ranked 5th by total spin out company value and are in the top 10 UK universities for number of spin out companies created between 1998-2018.

Link to the article below:


Well done us!



Congratulations to our Translational Research Manager, Cameron Fenwick, who has been awarded the Dawson Scholarship from the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a person who currently works either in industry, academia or technology transfer in a licensing and business development role and provides access to the PLG’s ‘industry gold standard’ training course for business development and licensing.

Congratulations Cameron!!