Magnetic venture: the story of Oxford Instruments
Oxford Instruments is one of the UK's real success stories--a science-based company that has evolved from its earliest beginnings in a garden shed to become a world leader in applied superconductivity. This first-hand account details this evolution, focusing on the enterpreneurial skill of Sir Martin Wood and how the company has become a model for the new science-based university spin-offs.
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