CNAP - Centre for Novel Agricultural Products

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Knowledge Transfer in CNAP is managed by Amaethon Ltd

Established in 2003, Amaethon Ltd is an innovative partnership between the University of York and IP Group plc, created to commercialise the research carried out in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP).  The company audits, assesses and protects CNAP’s intellectual property, and utilises the Centre’s research by developing relationships with industry and through the formation of spinouts.

Amaethon works closely with colleagues in CNAP, the University, specialists in IP law, and IP Group, to identify and protect areas of CNAP research that may have commercial potential.  Amaethon is proactive in analysing potential market opportunities and interacting with interested parties.

Amaethon is proactive in evaluating research progress in CNAP and identifying new intellectual property through regular IP surgeries with CNAP researchers.

Where appropriate, we seek to licence our intellectual property to organisations that wish to commercialise our work, as a form of revenue generation. 

Amaethon evaluates opportunities for spin-out potential and when appropriate assists in the creation of spin-out companies, by providing and accessing various forms of support to maximise the likelihood of success.

Amaethon also assists CNAP in identifying and arranging interactions with industry through sponsored research.

For more information on Amaethon contact Judith Mitchell:



Latest News

New breakthrough in battle to clean up land contaminated by munitions

Gene improves removal of TNT from contaminated soil: study just published in New Phytologist.‌‌

Plant 'chemical factory' discovery

New research published in PNAS suggests potential for utilisation of natural 'chemical factory' system within plant.


Welcoming Denby group

Brief introductions here.

Recognition of scientific excellence by EMBO

Ian Graham elected as a 2016 EMBO Member.

Ian Graham elected Fellow of Royal Society!

Congratulations to Ian on his election to the fellowship of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Research accolade for Ian Graham

Congratulations to Ian, who is to receive the Biochemical Society's 2017 Heatley Medal and Prize in recognition of the quality and impact of his research.


CNAP Director, Professor Simon McQueen-Mason

CNAP Manager, Dr Caroline Calvert

CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD, UK