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

Poppy genome decoded DNA code of the opium poppy genome determined.

Poppy (x70)

Strengthening links with India: 2 major new research projects Funding secured by CNAP PIs.

Oilseed rape

Seeing the light: unlocking seed germination Key gene identified.


GINs to improve UK crops! Agri-Tech Strategy funding award for Ian Bancroft led OREGIN Network.


Potential for strengthening natural plant defence to reduce crop waste Research by Katherine Denby and team with colleagues at Warwick published in ACS Synthetic Biology.


CNAP Director, Professor Simon McQueen-Mason

CNAP Manager, Dr Caroline Calvert

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