Intellegens opened its new headquarters at Chesterton Mill to stakeholders, investors and the world last week as demand for its machine learning expertise grew.
The team — now close to 30 years old — has outgrown Barclays Eagle Labs, the company’s home since it exited the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory in 2018.
Co-founded by Dr. Gareth Conduitt and colleagues at Cavendish, the company’s Alchemite software applies machine learning methods to learn from data, find useful relationships, and apply this information to predict the behavior of new products and direct which experiments to perform next. The data could be for anything from space to food, from developing a new blend of minerals for use in spaceflight, to extending the shelf life of whipping cream.
About 60 people braved the freezing weather to get to Chesterton Mill and enjoy the action during a two-hour welcome that included demonstrations, tours, and speakers.
Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the head office on the first floor of the new building, CEO and co-founder Ben Pellegrini took the opportunity to give a quick recap.
He said: “Getting to this point is a bit of a challenge for all businesses, you don’t really get a chance to stop and appreciate what’s going on, and now you have a chance to grab a drink and let the moment sink in.
Intellegens began in 2012 with a chance meeting with Graham [director Graham Snudden]one of our fans, and I spent a few months cycling to Cavendish where Gareth was trying to explain everything to me, and with Eileen [Cambridge Enterprise investment director Dr Elaine Loukes was an NED at Intellegens for three years until 2020] Which gave us a really strong head start on building and delivering D-tech [digital technology] a company.
“With a lot of advice and support, the team has evolved and we’ve got our first employee and he’s still here, so we must do
“We got some grants and then moved to Eagle Labs. It was one of the best decisions we made, it was a supportive environment. We were there for four years as the team was growing and our customer base was growing.”
So were projects and collaborations. In 2018, Intellegens began working with Optibrium, a drug discovery software developer based in Cambridge Innovation Park. In 2021 Intellegens has partnered with engineering simulation company Ansys – US based with UK headquarters in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Besides these partnerships, key elements included working with Mario [Cordero, director group innovation] From Welding Alloys, TWI – a strong supporter – and most recently, Domino’s, a key part of our growth is down the road, and Johnson Matthew has played a key role as well.
We have been very fortunate to build these relationships. So now we’re in a really good place to grow things from here and hopefully Chesterton Mill is where that will happen.”
The ribbon has been duly cut, and now work on Chesterton Mill begins in earnest, building on a receptive and expanding client base who have successfully applied the Alchemite method to their R&D strategy.
– Rolls-Royce who managed to design a new space slug
– Domino Printing Sciences, which accelerated the development of ink formulations
– Johnson Matthey, who has improved automotive catalysts for clean air applications
NASA has certified the technology for use in the design of materials and components
– Yili, the global food producer, has developed improved formulations of whipping cream; And
AstraZeneca and Optibrium predict key pharmacokinetic properties of drugs.
The day after the opening, a delighted Ben Pellegrini told Cambridge IndependentWe would like to thank our many local customers, partners and supporters for coming to help us celebrate this milestone for Intellegens, despite the terrible weather!
“It was great to be able to toast the success and we look forward to an exciting new chapter in the growth of our company here at Chesterton Mill.”
There was other good news for the company this week as it was shortlisted for the 2023 Science and Technology Awards.
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