Ploughshare Innovations Ltd

Ploughshare Innovations is the technology transfer organisation for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). It is responsible for turning ‘swords into ploughshares’, converting technology research created by government organisations into civilian applications.

It enables businesses to gain access to defence and security technology developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and other leading UK government laboratories including the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc). 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 creation in 2005, Ploughshare has commercialised more than 125 technologies and launched 14 spin-out companies, principally for civilian applications. Its license agreements have resulted in the creation of more than 580 jobs, generated £220 million worth of exports, and attracted £140 million of investment.