Ploughshare Innovations is the technology transfer organisation for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for turning ‘swords into ploughshares’, converting technology research created by leading government laboratories into civilian applications. It enables businesses to gain access to defence and security technology, developed by leading government laboratories including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Home Office. A wide range of patents, software, and know-how in the defence and security, biometrics, life sciences, and diagnostics domains are made available for industry to exploit.Since its establishment in 2005, Ploughshare has commercialised more than 120 technologies and launched twelve spin-out companies, principally for civilian applications. Its license agreements have resulted in the creation of more than 580 jobs, generated £75 million worth of exports, and attracted £140 million of investment.
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