Started in 2006 by serial entrepreneurs Graeme Malcolm, 49, and Gareth Maker, 53, this firm’s lasers are used by research institutions globally. Applications of its technologies include developing microscopes that can help diagnose Alzheimer’s and cancer. In 2016 the Glasgow business secured a third round of funding from BGF, which helped drive exports to £11.8m in 2017. Last year it developed the UK’s first commercial quantum gravimeter, a device that can survey underground infrastructure and oil and gas deposits.
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