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Intellectual property and commercialisation

Innovation is a key pillar of Queen Mary’s research culture. A notable component of this is Queen Mary Innovation (QMI), which uses commercial tools to maximise the impact of Queen Mary research through protecting and licensing Intellectual Property and building sustainable enterprises to take Queen Mary’s research to the world.

Our goal is to make a positive social and economic impact in all that we do. Over 20 spin out companies have developed from Queen Mary research, and more than 400 intellectual property agreements entered into.

To get involved or find out more, you can contact Queen Mary Innovation.

Disrupting the music industry with AI algorithms

A new cloud-based audio mastering service, LandR Audio, uses artificial intelligence algorithms to produce professional – but accessible – audio mastering. These intelligent signal processing tools automate most of the audio and music production process, which can be time consuming, labour-intensive and expensive.

Since its launch, LandR Audio has experienced continual and rapid growth in both amateur and professional markets. By 2017, the platform had 1,435,000 users, and by 2019 this has grown to over 3 million users from over 100 countries.

LandR Audio comes from the start-up LandR, launched by Queen Mary’s Professor Josh Reiss and his team.

New technology helps re-identify people in videos

Re-ID is specialist software that re-identifies people more accurately than highly trained human experts. It was created by Vision Semantics Limited (VSL), a company co-founded and led by Queen Mary's Professor Sean Gong.

Re-ID has been used by police forces internationally, including for a case in America that had gathered footage from more than 30 cameras running 24/7 over five months. It would have taken a single person 15 years to review the video footage on their own, or a small team approximately two years. Using the Re-ID software, all the video footage was reviewed in only four days, gathering vital evidence, and solving the case.

AI powering up visual marketing

DragonflyAI, a visual analytics platform developed at Queen Mary, uses artificial intelligence informed by cutting edge neuroscience to accurately predict what consumers see first when they look at content.

It is the result of close collaboration between researchers at Queen Mary, business partners, and entrepreneurs. In 2020 it secured $1 million in seed funding and its clients include some of the biggest leading consumer brands such as Harrod’s, GSK, Mitsubishi, Mars and Jaguar Landrover.

AI powering up visual marketing

Weight loss products to tackle obesity

The Queen Mary Investment Fund provided funding to commercialise research out of the University developing weight-loss products aimed at tackling obesity. Enterika Ltd is helping to tackle obesity around the world through a pill that promotes weight loss by reducing appetite and thus calorie intake. The pills contain a number of nutrients, all from natural ingredients found in foods such as broccoli and coconut oil, that encourage the production of hormones that cut appetite.

Enterika was founded by Dr Madusha Peiris, a lecturer and group leader in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

Weight loss products to tackle obesity


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