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UMI 3 Inspire... Invent... Innovate UMIC ® UMIP ® Intellectual Property Commercialisation The Innovation Centre UMI 3 The University of Manchester I 3 Limited www.umi3.com On 1st May the University announced the acquisition, by Versarien plc, of 85% of the shares in its graphene subsidiary, 2-DTech Limited. Start-up company 2-DTech offers a wide range of graphene services, from materials supply and characterisation work, through to consulting and Proof-of-Principle work on applications and processes. It also has a proprietary interest in a number of projects including an environmentally-friendly method of producing high quality graphene sheets, which is a collaboration between the University, 2-DTech and Ulster University and is currently being scaled up. The deal is a further step in creating Graphene City ® in Manchester, where the National Graphene Institute is set to open in less than a year's time and where 150 academic scientists and engineers are currently working on graphene at the University. Versarien will also set up an intellectual property and research collaboration with the University, initially investing some £300,000 in two projects, which will add to its own and to 2-DTech's product range, in areas such as graphene composites. Continued Page 2 Welcome to our bi-annual e-newsletter featuring news from our Technology Commercialisation (UMIP) and Innovation Centre (UMIC) divisions VERSARIEN PLC JOINS OUR GRAPHENE COMMUNITY BY INVESTING IN START-UP, 2-DTECH LTD

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