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Investments

48

Portfolio Exits

5

Funds

1

About QUBIS

QUBIS was established in 1984 by The Queen's University of Belfast to commercialize the University's research and development activities through the formation of spin-out businesses. The University, through QUBIS Ltd, takes an equity holding in a new spin-out venture in return for an investment of cash and/or Intellectual Property. Qubis' aim is to 'pull through' appropriate R & D from the laboratory into the commercial marketplace.

QUBIS Headquarter Location

Queen’s University Belfast 63 University Road

Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT7 1NN,

United Kingdom

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Latest QUBIS News

QUBIS launches £1.2m seed fund for university spin-offs

Sep 1, 2021

Image: Paride / Wikimedia Commons The QUBIS Innovation Fund has been established with the aim of stimulating investment in the spin-out sector and in Northern Ireland. QUBIS, the commercialisation and investment arm of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), has announced the creation of a £1.2m ($1.65/€1.4m) seed fund. The QUBIS Innovation Fund will focus on university spin-out companies and start-ups “operating in the UK’s fastest growing sectors”. It will be managed by Sapphire Capital Partners, with QUBIS as the portfolio mentor. The fund is expected to make investments of between £50,000 and £150,000 at a time. Brian McCaul, the organisation’s CEO as well as director of innovation at QUB, commented: “We are incredibly excited to launch the QUBIS Innovation Fund. “We’ve been on a mission to provide more efficient access to capital for university spin-outs to enable them to continue their R&D journey and get to market while the opportunity is there.” McCaul continued: “The Innovation Fund will build on the great work already done to stimulate more angel and VC investment in the sector, working in partnership with other funders to help realise the potential of these innovative companies.” Oisin Lappin, corporate finance manager at QUBIS, added: “The Innovation Fund is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, helping to incentivise private investors to back innovations that have the potential to make a real impact. “It will back companies seeking to commercialise disruptive technology across a broad range of areas including life sciences, artificial intelligence and engineering.” QUBIS says that it has helped to create 100 science and technology spin-out companies employing a collective 3,100 people and generating £323m annually. Kainos and Fusion Antibodies are among its alumni. It also notes that QUB was ranked as the UK’s most entrepreneurial university in both 2019 and 2020. Boyd Carson, partner at Sapphire Capital, said: “Sapphire are delighted to have partnered with QUBIS to create this Fund. Historically, significant amounts of capital within the early-stage space are drawn towards London. “It is extremely positive for the economic outlook of Northern Ireland to have an exclusively private venture capital Fund dedicated to supporting ground-breaking innovation. The Fund marks the start of an exciting time for venture capital investment in Northern Ireland and we hope that further Funds will follow.”

QUBIS Investments

48 Investments

QUBIS has made 48 investments. Their latest investment was in AntennaWare as part of their Seed VC on June 6, 2021.

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QUBIS Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/7/2021

Seed VC

AntennaWare

Yes

1

5/25/2021

Seed

GenoME Diagnostics

$0.43M

Yes

1

5/17/2021

Seed

VascVersa

Yes

1

5/6/2021

Seed

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$99M

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10

6/2/2020

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

6/7/2021

5/25/2021

5/17/2021

5/6/2021

6/2/2020

Round

Seed VC

Seed

Seed

Seed

Seed VC

Company

AntennaWare

GenoME Diagnostics

VascVersa

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Amount

$0.43M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

1

10

10

QUBIS Portfolio Exits

5 Portfolio Exits

QUBIS has 5 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Titan IC Systems on March 03, 2020.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

3/3/2020

Acquired

2

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Date

3/3/2020

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Exit

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Valuation

$991

Acquirer

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Sources

2

10

10

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QUBIS Acquisitions

1 Acquisition

QUBIS acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was Sonrai Analytics on .

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
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Total Funding

Note

Sources

$0.9M

Spinoff / Spinout

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation

Total Funding

$0.9M

Note

Spinoff / Spinout

Sources

QUBIS Fund History

1 Fund History

QUBIS has 1 fund, including QUBIS Innovation Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

QUBIS Innovation Fund

1

Closing Date

Fund

QUBIS Innovation Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

1

QUBIS Team

2 Team Members

QUBIS has 2 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, Frank Bryan.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Frank Bryan

Chief Executive Officer

Current

Edward Cartin

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Name

Frank Bryan

Edward Cartin

Work History

Title

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Status

Current

Former

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