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About Us

About Us

Your gateway to world-class defence and security technologies from across the UK Ministry of Defence

Ploughshare Innovations is the technology transfer organisation for the UK MOD. It is responsible for turning ‘swords into ploughshares’, converting technology research created by government organisations into civilian applications.

Ploughshare enables businesses to gain access to defence and security technology developed by leading government laboratories including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc), and others.

A Broad IP Portfolio

A wide range of patents, software, and know-how in the defence and security, biometrics, life sciences, and diagnostics domains are made available through Ploughshare for businesses to exploit. 

See the current list of technologies available for license

Applications of the technologies vary and typically contribute back to the defence and security industries or find novel new commercial uses. Ploughshare has helped a number of organisations to improve their market position and gain commercial advantage including Thales, Ordnance Survey, BBI Detection, ASV Global, Morgan Advanced Materials, and P2i.

Read about our licensed technologies

Benefits to Society

Ploughshare ensures UK Government technology is put to good use and maximises taxpayer-funded research.

It also endeavours to benefit the UK and society as a whole and aims to benefit humanity by applying innovative technology to improve people’s lives; drive economic growth by sharing IP and allowing companies to succeed; deliver financial returns to enable future Government investment in technology and; help to bolster UK defence and security.

Read about the wider benefits of our work


Ploughshare Innovations was formed in 2005 to commercialise and increase the impact of intellectual property generated from research at Dstl. Since its establishment, Ploughshare has commercialised more than 125 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.

12 Spin-out Companies Created

585 Jobs Created
£75 million Worth of Exports

Attracted £140 million of Investment