This Oxfordshire firm, led by chief executive Eliot Forster, 49, develops drugs that harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer — in early trials its products have shown promising results against advanced melanoma. In July it completed the largest financing for a private life sciences company in Europe so far, raising £205m from investors including Eli Lilly and Malin. The company’s revenue, from partnerships with large pharmaceutical companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline and Astra Zeneca, reached £6.4m in 2014, when it made a big loss.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank9
CompanyImmunocore
ActivityBio-technology developer
LocationAbingdon
Average 3 year sales growth168.25%
Latest sales £000s6,381
Staff94
Founded2008
Websitewww.immunocore.com

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