April 2018

Relocation to Porton Science Park

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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July 2017

Economic Benefits Exceed £118M

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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July 2017

IP Portfolio Expanded

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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January 2015

Galileo Adopts Improved SatNav Signals

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

May 2015

Support to the Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak

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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January 2015

Economic Benefits Exceed £65M

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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July 2014

James Kirby becomes CEO

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.

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January 2005

First Spin Out Company

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.

April 2005

Ploughshare Created

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