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Here is a snapshot of what we've been up to recently:

Defence scientists support efforts to combat Ebola

May 2015

Ministry of Defence (MOD) scientists have been working with industry and government partners to help combat the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Dstl is working to tackle the threat of cyber-attack against the UK

March 2015

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is playing a key role in mitigating the risk of cyber-attacks against the UK.

The risk of cyber-attack was identified as one of the top risks to the UK in the National Security Strategy. In order to help tackle this, Dstl has been working with several government departments to develop best practice advice for protecting UK critical national infrastructure and cutting edge cyber capabilities for military operations.

Independent report recognises Ploughshare’s success stories

January 2015

Ploughshare Innovations Limited’s activities have led to the creation of hundreds of jobs and multi-million pounds worth of exports.

Enigma Diagnostics to receive $50 mln from Shanghai Debay Capital

October 2014

Enigma Diagnostics Ltd, a Ploughshare Innovations spin-out and global leader in molecular diagnostic point-of-care (PoC) infectious disease testing, and Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co., Ltd., today announced they have signed a joint venture agreement to support the growing healthcare needs of China’s population.

Downing Investments has been chosen as Ploughshare Innovation Limited’s preferred partner

September 2014

Downing Investments has been chosen as Ploughshare Innovation Limited’s preferred partner to take forward technology it is seeking to exploit on behalf of Dstl.

New capability assessment tool will help protect businesses from cyber-attack

June 2014

APMG International has announced it is working with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and its technology transfer company Ploughshare Innovations Ltd to deliver their new Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool.

New Chief Executive Officer for Dstl’s technology transfer company

June 2014

Technology transfer company, Ploughshare Innovations, has announced James Kirby as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Increased demand for water protection on consumer electronics leads P2i to open facility in China

March 2014

Ploughshare spinout; P2i, the world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, today opened a new technology centre in Shenzhen, China, following increased demand for its protective coatings on consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.

Now you see it, now you don’t

February 2014

Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer company for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company, are pleased to announce the recent signing of a license agreement for electro-optic technology developed by the Dstl. 

Ploughshare spin-out P2i features in UK Daily Telegraph on 10th Anniversary

January 2014

With a daily circulation of more than half a million, the Telegraph features a full-page article on P2i’s booming business waterproofing smartphones and it’s plans for the future.

Enigma Diagnostics receives CE marking for Enigma ML and Flu assay

January 2014

Ploughshare Innovations spin-out; Enigma Diagnostics Ltd, has met all the requirements of the IVD Directive 98/79/EC for CE Marking of its Enigma® ML system and its first FluAB-RSV diagnostic assay. This means both instruments can be utilised in more than 30 countries accepting CE Marking.

Ploughshare to present at upcoming DPRTE event in less than a month

October 2013

Ploughshare CEO Pete Hotten is presenting at next month’s Defence Procurement Research, Technology and Exportability (DPRTE) 2013 event, focusing specifically on the research and technology knowledge transfer sector.

Enigma Diagnostics Receives £1.4million from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

October 2013

Ploughshare Spin-out, Enigma Diagnostics, announces that the UK Technology Strategy Board’s Detection & Identification of infectious agents (DIIA) innovation platform has awarded the Company a further grant of £1.4million to support the development of the MDR-TB assay onto the flagship Enigma® ML system.

Plougshare Innovations to showcase new technologies at DSEI 2013

September 2013

The world’s largest fully-integrated defence and security exhibition, DSEI, is coming to London next week and will offer the chance for the entire industry to develop global relationships with suppliers from across 50 countries.

P2i wins “Most Innovative Company in Europe” for the third year running

August 2013

P2i, the Ploughshare spin-out company and a world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, was recognized by the International Business Awards (IBA) with Bronze in the Most Innovative Company in Europe category. This follows Gold awards in the same category in 2011 and 2012.

Enigma ML system draws closer to revolutionising flu diagnosis

July 2013

Ploughshare spin-out company, Enigma Diagnostics Ltd, announces that it has successfully completed analytical and diagnostic verification of its FluAB-RSV diagnostic assay on the Enigma® ML system at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and will conclude clinical validation and CE marking of the test in 2013.


One gadget’s journey from military biohazard detection to oil prospecting

June 2013

Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer arm of the MOD’s Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, have used crowdsourcing specialists Marblar to stimulate ideas for new, civilian applications for some of their cutting-edge technologies. Suggestions were encouraged on a competition basis and both Ploughshare and Marblar are extremely pleased with the outcome of the first competition that drew to a close a few days ago.

P2i invited by Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy to join Britain’s brightest and best business

May 2013

Ploughshare spin-out company P2i has been invited to join the ACCELERATE 250, a new business community championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young and made up of the fastest growing companies in the UK.

Ploughshare at SPIE Defence and Security in Baltimore

April 2013

Ploughshare will be exhibiting on stand 1961 next week at Baltimore Convention Center (30th April - 2nd May).
Come along and see some of the latest technology available for license.

New Chairman for Dstl’s technology transfer company,

March 2013

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has appointed a new Chairman to its technology management company, Ploughshare Innovations Limited.

Commercial opportunities for a cutting-edge, direct-to-PCR trace DNA recovery solution

March 2013

Ploughshare Innovations, Dstl’s technology transfer company, is offering option licenses for the development of the trace DNA recovery solution. It was initially created for military use in the field but could save time and money in a range of commercial applications.

P2i previews advanced IPx7 Dunkable™ technology at Mobile World Congress

February 2013

With millions of users already benefiting from P2i’s splashproof liquid repellent nano-coating on Motorola and TCL Communication smartphones and tablets, the company is unveiling its new, Dunkable™ technology at Mobile World Congress.

£500k funding for MOD technology that promises improved earlier cancer detection & treatment

December 2012

ProKyma, a spin-out from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and founded by Ploughshare Innovations, today announced a £482K grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) i4i programme.

Thales Launch Digital Radar using DSTL technology under license from Ploughshare

October 2012

Thales today announced the launch of a new naval Radar Electronic Support Measures (R-ESM) solution for multi-purpose ships that need continued capability in the littoral.

Spin-out company P2i listed 27th in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100

September 2012

Ploughshare are very proud to see the recognition being achieved by spin-out company P2i in The Sunday Times and its ranking of 27th in its Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table for top performing private companies.

MOD scientist develops device for forensic and security applications

July 2012

A new biological sampling and detection device, created by a Ministry of Defence scientist, could soon be used by first responders in the forensic and security sectors in the UK and abroad.

MOD and Thales to commercialise naval technology

July 2012

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Thales UK are working to commercialise the UK’s fully digital radar electronic support measures (RESM) system, which has had its first use in the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer fleet.

The UK MOD and DuPont Develop New Test Methods for Armour Systems

June 2012

The United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), a trading fund of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), is working with DuPont Protection Technologies to develop and establish test systems and standards for body armour and armour systems.

‘Natural’ Peptide formulations pave way to innovative new skin care products

June 2012

Peptide-in-cream advance provides potent natural antimicrobial action without chemicals
New generations of skin care and wound healing creams that work in the same way as a body’s natural defences are one potential application of research by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Innovative antenna design offers exceptional multi-band performance

March 2012

A novel and low cost antenna design offering efficient performance across multiple frequency bands is available from Ploughshare Innovations

Ploughshare and KeTech sign Licence Agreement for Nerve Agent Technology.

February 2012

As part of continuing to develop specialist solutions for Nerve Agent detection, KeTech has today signed an agreement with Ploughshare Innovations to licence technology from the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

OBE for MoD Scientist

January 2012

A Ministry of Defence scientist has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s
Honours List in recognition of his contribution to world-leading armour protection work.

DSTL announces new CEO

December 2011

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has announced the successor to its
Chief Executive, Frances Saunders.
Jonathan Lyle, who is currently the Director of the Programme Office at Dstl, will take up the
appointment in March 2012.

Tata Steel and Ploughshare sign deal to produce new Super Bainite Armour Steel

September 2011

The UK now has its own onshore supply of high-performance armour steel, thanks to a UK invention and a new manufacturing agreement.
Known as super bainite, the new armour steel has been developed to have outstanding ballistics properties and, in tests, it has performed better than ‘normal’ steel armour.
Ploughshare Innovations has signed a licensing agreement with Tata Steel to manufacture the steel in the UK.

See us at DSEi 2011, Excel Centre London September 13th-16th

August 2011

Ploughshare will be out in force at DSEI.
Accompanied by its spin-out companies: P2i, SALT and Claresys a wide range of innovative technologies will be on show to the estimated 25,000 Defence industry attendees. Ploughshare will also be exhibiting with Tata in order to highlight the Super Bainite Armour steel that is now available for order.If you want to meet us at the show and find out more see us on Stands N4-193 or N8-272.


July 2011

Dr Frances Saunders, Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
(Dstl) at Porton Down in Wiltshire has been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath


June 2011

Wiltshire-based scientists from the Defence Science and Technology
Laboratory (Dstl) have been shortlisted for the MacRobert Award by the Royal
Academy of Engineering for their work on a new life-saving armour system.
The nomination is for a ceramic protection system, developed and patented
by Dstl.

Lab Impex Systems announces signing of an intellectual property license deal on AWE technology

May 2011

18.05.2011 The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) and Lab Impex Systems have joined forces to announce an intellectual property license deal which will see the launch of new equipment designed for monitoring radioactive particles in the air.

ION GNSS Workshop Colorado Springs 28th-30th June

May 2011

Ploughshare Sales VP Jim Ashe will be participating in the ION GNSS workshop in Colorado in June.

Prokyma wins top Bionow 2010 Innovation Award

November 2010

Prokyma has won the Bionow 2010 Innovation in Diagnostics Project of the Year Award. Bionow, the Northwest Regional Development Agency’s (NWDA) biomedical cluster support group, recently announced their annual Northwest Biomedical Awards with Prokyma, a Ploughshare spin-out, scooping the top Innovation prize.

P2i grows its market presence

October 2010

P2i, a Dstl/Ploughshare spin-out company, and its Aridion™ product grows its market presence with more than two million hearing aids now protected. Licensed by three of the largest hearing aid manufacturers, Aridion™ is transforming conventional levels of reliability by substantially reducing warranty failure and repair costs and ultimately increasing user confidence.

ESROE announced as latest Ploughshare spin-out

July 2010

Ploughshare is delighted to introduce ESROE, the latest spin-out company offering technology developed at Dstl. ESROE Software is the world’s only commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) software for the real-time identification of radar signatures. The software is designed for a full range of military platforms, from armoured vehicles and UAVs, to large multi-role warships and surveillance aircraft, in all environments.

Ploughshare attends BIO 2010

May 2010

CEO Peter Hotten is to represent Ploughshare at BIO 2010, the top global biotechnology industry gathering held in Chicago.

Innovative new vehicle armour developed

March 2010

Introducing holes into a new ultra-hard steel vehicle armour enhances its ballistic performance - weird but true. This new experimental armour steel, known as Super Bainite, was developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Ploughshare is now working alongside the steel manufacturer Corus to bring it to market.

Ploughshare spin-out company in global agreement

February 2010

Tecan and Enigma Diagnostics, a Dstl/Ploughshare spin-out, sign a global manufacturing and supply agreement for point-of-care Molecular Diagnostics instruments. The Enigma ML instrument delivers fully-automated results from swab samples in less than 60 minutes at the point of care and to the same accuracy standards as reference laboratories, which can often take several days

Ploughshare appoints new CEO

October 2009

Ploughshare announces the appointment of its new CEO; Dr Pete Hotten.