Cortexica was spun-out from the Bioengineering Department of Imperial College London, originating from a research project to reverse-engineer the human visual cortex. Routinely ranked as one of the top universities in the world, and 1st in Europe for Innovation (Reuters, Top 100 Innovative Universities, 2015). Imperial College is renowned for innovation in the scientific and engineering fields; its Nobel Laureates include Alexander Fleming, Ernst Boris Chain, and Dennis Gabor.
Anil’s background is in signal processing and image analysis. In 2002, Anil initiated the Research Council UK’s Basic Technology Project “Reverse Engineering Human Visual Processes” involving 4 UK Universities, with a major hub of activity at Imperial. Arising from this project was a blueprint for a scalable subset of processes in the human visual system, and particularly the primary visual cortex. Together with Jeffrey Ng, Anil founded Cortexica in order to commercialise a unique visual search technology that was inspired by human visual search processes.
Anil continues to lead the Biologically-Inspired Computer Vision (BICV) group at Imperial College and is on the Board of Cortexica.
Cortexica’s major shareholder is Touchstone Innovations plc, who have so far invested over £10m.
Innovations focuses on commercialising leading UK academic research sourced from the golden triangle formed between Cambridge, Oxford and London.
The Group was founded in 1986 as the technology transfer office for Imperial College London, to protect and exploit commercial opportunities arising from research undertaken at the College. In 1997, the Group became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial College London and in 2006 was registered on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, becoming the first UK University commercialisation company to do so.
Innovations has a Technology Pipeline Agreement with Imperial College London which extends until 2020, under which it acts as the technology transfer office for Imperial College London.
Since January 2011, when it raised £140 million from investors, Innovations has also made investments in early stage technology businesses based on or associated with Intellectual Property developed at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London.