At a cost of £100,000 to £200,000, the x-ray instruments developed by Oxford Diffraction enable university researchers and pharmaceutical companies to view molecules by scattering x-rays off a crystal. The company was spun out of Oxford Instruments in 2001 and is backed by TTP Ventures and Enterprise VCT. The University of Lübeck in Germany is using its products to do research on the Sars virus. Its sales have jumped 89% a year from £1.2m in 2002 to £4.1m in 2004.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank44
CompanyOxford Diffraction
ActivityX-ray instrument developer
LocationOxfordshire
Average 3 year sales growth88.74%
Latest sales £000s4,110
Staff43
Founded2001
Websitewww.oxford-diffraction.com

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