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vivaMOS: Laboratory to commercialisation

vivaMOS specialises in the development and fabrication of high-end large-area complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors.

Its large flat panel X-ray detector modules capture high resolution images at high speed using wafer-scale CMOS image sensor technology. This leading edge technology has a host of potential applications including medical equipment manufacturers in the fields of radiology, computed tomography CT and mammography.

“We were delighted to have secured a professional laboratory in such an excellent location. We were keen to be located in the Southampton area which, as well as hosting a world-class football team, is renowned for being able to offer a variety of semiconductor-related functions, services, and talent. The added benefit of a flexible lease which will enable us to expand operations without being held back by facilities made Southampton Science Park our first choice from the various options we considered. We look forward to a long and successful future here.”

vivaMOS CEO, Dan Cathie

“Taking technology out of government laboratories and commercialising it is extremely difficult. (I know, I’ve done it.) The last thing that such companies need is to be concerning themselves with the day-to-day running of their premises or a lack of talent to support growth plans. Our team understands this and provides the necessary support to enable companies to focus on getting their innovations to market.”

Southampton Science Park CEO, Peter Birkett

"We were keen to be located in the Southampton area which ... is renowned for being able to offer a variety of semiconductor-related functions, services, and talent."

vivaMOS CEO, Dan Cathie

vivaMOS in the community

vivaMOS was established in 2015 as a technology spin-out from the CMOS image sensor group at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) in Oxfordshire, with the aim of commercialising its highly sought-after Lassena image sensor.

The company’s desire to find a permanent professional base close to a known talent pool for the semiconductor and electronics industry bought the team to Southampton Science Park. It has since achieved a turnover of £2m and has won and been shortlisted for several awards including Emerging Technology Company and Best Up-and-Coming Company.

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