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History

Some highlights and key moments in our history

Relocation to Porton Science Park

April 2018

Ploughshare moved to the newly built science park as lead tenants. Being just outside Dstl, it places us much closer to our main source of innovations and allows us to forge links with the other high-tech businesses on site.

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Economic Benefits Exceed £118M

July 2017

An independent report identified that Ploughshare’s activities have contributed £118M GVA (Gross Value Add) to the UK economy. Additionally, 585 jobs and £75M of exports have been created.

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IP Portfolio Expanded

July 2017

The Ministry of Defence’s Intellectual Property Rights group (DIPR) signed an agreement with us to expand Ploughshare’s role to provide technology transfer services to wider MOD.

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Galileo Adopts Improved SatNav Signals

2015

An improved design for satellite navigation signals was licensed to the European Commission and will be employed in the Galileo system.

Support to the Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak

2015

Dstl worked closely with industry partner and licensee BBI Detection to provide Public Health England (PHE) with 10,000 test kits to support medics in Sierra Leone during the Ebola Outbreak.

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Economic Benefits Exceed £65M

Dec 2014

An independent report identified that Ploughshare’s activities have contributed £65M GVA (Gross Value Add) to the UK economy. Additionally, 550 jobs and £44M of exports have been created.

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James Kirby becomes CEO

July 2014

James Kirby was appointed as CEO. He previously worked for both QinetiQ and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl’s) predecessor organisations.

Our Team

First Spin Out Company

2005

The first company to be spun out was P2i. The business is based on technology that creates a hydrophobic coating that was originally developed to protect soldiers from chemical agents. It is now used to waterproof various civilian products including smartphones, headphones, bluetooth headsets and hearing aids.

Ploughshare Created

6 April 2005

Ploughshare Innovations was established to provide a commercialisation route for technologies developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

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