6 July, 2015 - 09:32 By Tony Quested

Killer50 rankings are given summer shake-up

Indro Mukerjee, chairman of FlexEnable

Eight companies broke into the Killer50 in December’s ranking review and another five newcomers make the grade this time in the Summer 2015 shake-up. That represents a turnover of a quarter of the elite in six months – emphasising that companies are expected to maintain momentum in terms of their disruptive science or technology.

It also adds weight to the Ones2Watch section – offering a continuous incentive to gather pace and break into the top 50 science and technology companies in the cluster.

14M Genomics, Abcodia, Eagle Genomics, FlexEnable and Quixant are the quartet elevated to the Killer50 this time round. The presence of 14MG and Abcodia takes to 15 the number of life science businesses in the hallowed half-century.

14MG is a cancer diagnostic startup spun out of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; Abcodia is a pioneer of early diagnostic tests for cancer and has just expanded into the United States.

Eagle Genomics accelerates the opportunities offered by genomics and new data generation technologies to address some of the world’s key challenges in healthcare, infectious disease, personalised medicine, livestock and crop development, food quality and production, green energy and water recycling.

Flexible electronics market leader FlexEnable claims a place on the strength of a remarkable rebirth from PlasticLogic, courtesy chairman Indro Mukerjee (above) and his senior team.

Quixant is making huge strides globally providing the computerised hearts of gaming machines in some of the world’s most famous casinos and entertainment halls.

All the other ‘Killers’ have made substantial progress internationally in the last six months and have created further growth opportunities for their science or technology.

The Ones2Watch section has also been fortified. Two newcomers to keep an especial eye on are 10to8 and ACTiFi. 10to8 is a young Cambridge dotcom that has created digital diary technology to take the hassle out of keeping appointments. It has expanded into the Far East and South America and says it is rolling into new territories every week. 10to8 says it offers security in handling private and business engagements that neither the public nor company executives would trust to Facebook.

The co-founders of 10to8 are Tom Playford and Matthew Cleevely, who is also CEO. Their fathers – Nigel and David, respectively – battled to change the landscape of telecoms in the Cambridge cluster and the UK.

ACTiFi is spearheaded by another serial Cambridge entrepreneur, John Halfpenny. The startup is geared to accelerating the advance of the Internet of Things. It has already engaged successfully with Chinese manufacturers.

With Giles Hutchison, Halfpenny has launched ACTiFi – a startup company that develops products for customers in the UK, Europe and the Far East. The products it develops are typically wireless, WiFi, or Bluetooth and internet connected.

ACTiFi has spent the past year developing a flexible IoT platform. It provides a simple web browser-based user interface to easily control wireless devices (10’s-10,000’s) all in one place. 

The Killer50

14MGenomics 
Abcam
Abcodia 
Abzena
AlertMe
Amino 
ARM
AVEVA
Axol Bioscience
Azuri Technologies
Bango
Bicycle Therapeutics
Bromium
Cambridge CMOS Sensors
Cambridge Cognition
Cambridge Consultants
Cambridge Intelligence
Cambridge Temperature Concepts
CCS
Consort Medical
CRFS
CSR
Darktrace
DefiniGEN
DisplayLink
Domino Printing Sciences
Eagle Genomics
Endomag
FeatureSpace
FlexEnable 
Frontier Developments
F-star
GeoSpock
Horizon Discovery
Jagex
Kymab
MISSION Therapeuitics
Owlstone
Quixant 
RealVNC
Red Gate Software
Sepura
SimPrints
SyndicateRoom
TTP
Ubisense
Vectura
Vernalis
VocalIQ
Xaar Printing

Newsletter Subscription

Stay informed of the latest news and features