The Next Generation

Xampla has created the world’s first plant protein material for commercial use.

Our next generation material performs like synthetic polymers, but decomposes naturally and fully, without harming the environment.

Our mission is to replace the everyday single-use plastics you see all around, like sachets and flexible packaging films. And the less obvious, such as microplastics within liquids and lotions.


Microplastics are commonly added to fabric softeners, shampoos and cosmetics, agricultural and industrial products.

Many end up end up in the ocean, where they are ingested by marine life, blocking digestion, affecting nutrition and working their way up the food chain, potentially to humans. Every year, Europe alone releases a bulk amount of microplastics into the environment equivalent to 10bn plastic bottles.

See how we are helping manufacturers make the transition from traditional plastics to a high performance, non-synthetic alternative:

The hidden plastic inside products – and us

our products and services


Supramolecular Engineered Protein

Xampla offers a natural solution to industry partners.

We replace synthetic materials and polymers.  Most natural alternatives to plastic require chemical additions and are based on plant polysaccharides.  Xampla engineers the next generation of bio-based material, made entirely from plant protein, enabling companies to produce end-products that meet changing consumer and regulatory requirements.   Our science is Supramolecular Engineered Protein (SEP), developed over fifteen years at the University of Cambridge.

A White Paper on Xampla’s science is available on request for partners and customers, and Xampla’s academic founder Professor Tuomas Knowles introduces the science behind the company here.


Xampla develops protein materials to provide solutions to meet industry’s needs.


Xampla’s launch products are microcapsules, a hidden plastic application in many homecare and personal care products.

Our high performance microcapsules offer solutions to partners in multiple industries.  Entirely natural, made only from plant protein, our microcapsules can be formulated by our team for a range of cargos and applications.  We can even formulate them with food grade ingredients, for food and beverage applications. 

We’ll be launching a full product range in 2021, and for commercial samples or to discuss development needs email info@xampla.com 

Films, Coatings and Single Use Plastics

Xampla’s ground breaking material has applications in single- and multi-layer films, coatings for various functionalities and a full range of single-use plastic products, including packaging.   

We’re focusing on flexible film applications, and are also developing edible films and polymers for personal care and other applications. 

We’ll be announcing more about our plastics applications in 2021, so do please subscribe@xampla.com for details.

See how our revolutionary new Supramolecular Engineered Protein is leveraging plant protein’s natural ability to self-assemble into strong and flexible replacements for single-use plastic.

Plant protein material: How we create it


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Spiders vs Plastic

Professor Tuomas Knowles and CEO Simon Hombersley discuss the science behind Xampla's materials with the Engineering Matters podcast ...
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Xampla is recruiting

Xampla is recruiting for three roles currently: an experienced Head of Engineering to lead our scale-up; a dynamic Business Development ...
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Next generation plastic start-up accelerates growth with further £6m seed investment

University of Cambridge spin-out Xampla has today announced it has closed a £6.2m seed finance round, led by the backers ...
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Jeff Seabright, Xampla Chair

Jeff Seabright Appointed Chair

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about us


Xampla is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge. 

The team is the world leader in the development of plant protein material for commercial application. 

Simon Hombersley, CEO Xampla

 Simon Hombersley, CEO

CEO Simon Hombersley is an experienced technology entrepreneur, with a track record in using technology to solve environmental problems.  He is the former CEO of Oxford Flow, an energy reducing valve technology spin-out from Oxford University.  He is the former Chairman of photovoltaics start-up TwentyNinety.  He has previously worked with KCL, and he co-founded Lontra, an award-winning engineering business developing an energy efficient compressor.

Professor Tuomas Knowles, Scientific Adviser, Xampla

Professor Tuomas Knowles, Scientific Adviser

Prof. Tuomas Knowles is the co-founder of two Cambridge University spin-outs (Fluidic Analytics and Wren Therapeutics). He has held positions in the Engineering Department both in Cambridge and Harvard Universities. Professor Knowles has received a number of distinguished awards, including the Corday-Morgan Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics. 

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia, Head of Research, Xampla

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia, Head of Research

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia leads Xampla’s technical development work, having developed the technology with Professor Knowles as a Research Associate over several years.  He received his PhD from the University of Glasgow.  His  expertise is in the use of protein in microencapsulation and other structured materials.

Hugo Barroux, Materials Scientist

Hugo Barroux is an experienced Materials Scientist who joins Xampla from Unilever, where he specialised in new materials and technologies for packaging. He previously worked at L’Oreal’s Center for Expertise Packaging, and has an engineering degree from the Université De Technologie de Troyes.

Dr Amy Charbonneau, Research Manager

Dr Amy Charbonneau leads on Research Management, having joined the company from Entomics, a start-up developing sustainable insects for feed. Amy has a PhD in microbiology from the University of Cambridge.

Jess Fleming, Research Scientist

Jess is undertaking a PhD at the University of Cambridge, having completed a Chemistry degree at the University of Oxford. She is a BP scholar, and has previously worked at Unilever in haircare.

Dr Georgios Gkotsis, Materials Scientist

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Georgios has built a career in the personal care sector. He worked in new technology at Unilever Global Haircare R&D, and also worked on sustainable packaging. During his PhD he worked with Proctor and Gamble R&D.

Gareth Hennighan, Lab Manager

Gareth has over 30 years’ experience managing labs in innovation. He has previously worked at Cambridge microencapsulation spin-out Aqdot, and worked with materials scientists at Semblant, developing film coatings for electronic devices.

Lynette Holland, Principal Microencapsulation Scientist

Lynette Holland has over 20 years experience at Procter & Gamble in Research & Development, with over 30 patent filings. She is both a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has developed products in laundry, personal care and fragrances with particular expertise in microencapsulation delivery systems

Anne Jacobs, Research Scientist

Xampla’s Royal Society of Chemistry sponsored intern in summer 2020, Anne continues to work with the company whilst undertaking a Masters with the Knowles Group at the University of Cambridge. She is a former researcher at Radboud University, where she specialised in microfluidics.

Ayaka Kamada, Research Scientist

Ayaka is a protein scientist, completing her PhD in the Knowles Group at the University of Cambridge. She has previously worked at KTH in Sweden, and completed a Masters in biomaterials at the University of Tokyo.

Dr Polly Keen, Chemical Engineer

Dr Polly Keen is a Chemical Engineer with expertise developed at 3M in coated abrasive product development, in industrial and automotive applications. She has a PhD in Colloid Science from the University of Cambridge and a background in encapsulation.

Dr Jack Cordrey, Junior Chemical Engineer

Dr Jack Cordrey is a Chemical Engineer with a focus on process design.  He is a former Research Process Engineer at start-up Exactmer, and completed his PhD at Imperial College.

Nigel Somerville-Roberts, Principal Process Engineer

Nigel was a Principal Engineer and Research Fellow at Procter and Gamble, working on process engineering for detergent products. He is a visiting academic in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds, and has an extensive patent portfolio.

Dr James Taylor, Senior Research Scientist

Dr James Taylor is a Physical Organic Chemist who joins Xampla from a post-doc role at Radboud University in The Netherlands. He has a PhD from the University of Glasgow and his expertise is at the interface of biology and engineering.

Scott Stevens

With an MSci in Chemistry, Scott developed a career as a Research Scientist at aerospace company, Hexcel Composites Ltd where he managed projects on infusion resin systems and Resin Transfer Moulding techniques. 

Faye Haddadi-Tehranian

Faye gained experience working as an HR generalist for small cells company, ip.access, she then broadened her experience in the HR field by moving to Mavenir.  Faye has a Diploma in HR Management and a commitment to Xampla’s mission to address plastic pollution. 

Bhavin Thakkar

Bhavin gained a Masters in Chemical Process Engineering from University College London.  Most recently working for Chip(s) Board Ltd, Bhavin specialised in repurposing potato waste into bioplastics by innovating sustainable products and processes. 

Dr Juliette Delarue

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Juliette has a wealth of experience in microencapsulation, further developed during her internship at Firmenich.  Juliette spent time with Symrise where she researched synthetic pathways to obtain new molecules to match the smelling profile of fine fragrances, and developed formulations and sensory tests for home and personal care applications.

Would you like to join this team?

Xampla is recruiting.  Current roles include senior managers, research scientists and a business development role.  See the team introducing the company here. For details of roles, please contact faye@xampla.com 


If you have any questions about our products you can either email us directly at info@xampla.com or give us a call on +44 (0)1223 827 140 to arrange a meeting.

We’re located at the BioInnovation Centre, 25 Cambridge Science Park Road, Cambridge CB4 0FW

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