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.

How to pronounce Xampla [‘Zam-pluh’]


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


Read our recent updates

Tomorrow’s food packaging today: Xampla’s edible film arrives in kitchens

Marc Rodríguez Garcia, CTO at Xampla writes… As a protein scientist, I’m more used to science labs and academic conferences ...
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Xampla CTO, Mark Rodriguez Garcia, has been invited to speak today at the Environmental Packaging Summit. Marc will address the ...
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Our CEO Simon Hombersley was invited by British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association to contribute to the COP26 debate ...
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UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 00.01 ON 21st OCTOBER 2021 The Science Museum has invited Xampla to partner on its Future Explorers ...
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about us


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

Xampla’s team combines industry experience and scientific excellence.  The company is led by technology entrepreneur Simon Hombersley (CEO), co-founder Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia (Head of Research) and experienced finance professional Laura Lawrence (CFO)


Details of our full team and non-exec directors are here


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

For media enquiries please contact media@xampla.com.

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