Scorpio Technology Limited
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Offer Information
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Investment Target £150,000 £450,000
Share Price £1.7661 £1.7661
Shares Offered info 84,933 254,800
Percentage Offered info 7.69% 20.00%
Shares Issued info 1,019,200
Pre-money Valuation £1,800,009
Share Type Ordinary
Minimum Investment £100.00
Tax Relief Available SEIS & EIS
Sector Technology, Hardware & Games
Location Exeter, United Kingdom
Company Number 12780842  
Scorpio Technology Limited
Scorpio Technology is a UK company, involved in the development and rollout of a new anti-viral, anti-bacterial air-purification technology for use in hospitals, care homes, schools and offices. Its technology avoids the use of HEPA filters and UV, together with their associated environmental and operational shortfalls
About Scorpio Technology Limited

Headlines:

  • British technology, addressing the global need for protection against airborne viruses – Covid-19 (all variants) and beyond – bacteria and allergens
  • Initial research and development funded by INNOVATE UK (£100k grant)
  • Performance of prototype independently verified by The University of Bristol
  • Eliminates the need for HEPA filters and UV radiation in air-purifiers
  • First patent filed
  • $9.6bn global market, predicted to grow to $24.6bn by 2027
  • Hospital market need validation received from NHS national testing and evaluation group (MD-TEC)
  • Other target markets include care homes, schools, universities and offices
  • UK manufacturer recruited (Teddington Systems)
  • Future (Series A) fundraising partner recruited (GRECA Finance)
  • Management team has over 90 years’ experience across technology development, IP and business management
  • Over 15 months sweat equity invested by management team
  • SEIS/EIS Advance Assurance received

The Beginning:

It’s the Summer of 2020, and two former government research engineers and a Cambridge engineering graduate with a background in corporate finance hold a series of Zoom meetings. The subject for discussion is whether there is a combination of technologies that can be brought together to address not just the current pandemic, but also the need to protect people against future variants and future viruses, thereby enabling us to live with Covid and be ready for future pathogens. Whilst vaccines are needed to provide the ‘baseline’ protection against severe infection and death, there are whole swathes of the economy (Hospitality, Retail and Commercial Office space) and social infrastructure (Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Schools) that will continue to need protection into the future.

At around the same time, around 240 leading scientists from 32 different countries write to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to explain that a significant (and possibly the most significant) means of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) is through airborne droplets, exhaled by infected individuals.

This, alongside their own research into the needs of the anti-virus air-purification market, together with a detailed gap-analysis of current products, led the three (Mark Tothill, Dave Bannister and Tim Crocker) to found Scorpio Technology Ltd with the aim of developing a technology that not only captures these airborne droplets, before they spread infection, but also kills any virus contained within them.

The nature of the problem:

Thanks to vaccines, developed countries are moving from the pandemic phase of Covid-19, to the endemic phase. This means that whilst levels of severe illness and death are greatly reduced, compared with the winters of 2020 and 2021, we are nevertheless going to be living with a virus capable of causing significant illness amongst the general population, including key-workers, as well as severe illness amongst the elderly and other high-risk groups. This requires hospitals, schools, businesses and other organisations to provide effective protection against the spread of the virus, in all of its current and future variants, as well as against future viruses.

Beyond the current pandemic, Covid-19 has highlighted a need for increased Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) across critical settings. Hospitals, schools and care homes need affordable, reliable, cost-effective solutions to the threats posed by airborne pathogens – viral and bacterial. Opening the windows and seeing fuel bills spiral is not a practical solution in many of these settings.

Current products, based around the use of High Efficiency Particulate in Air (HEPA) filters, often in combination with Ultra-Violet (UV) suffer significant drawbacks. These range from high power consumption and noise brought about by filters which readily become blocked after even moderate use, to the need to dispose of non-recyclable filters and low-pressure Mercury lamps, which are often used to generate UV light.  The use of UV can also generate Ozone, which is harmful to humans in even low concentrations. Together with the high purchase and lifetime costs associated with current air-purifiers, these drawbacks have led to low levels of take-up within user groups with high levels of need, such as schools, care homes and hospitals.

Meanwhile, in developing countries, the move from pandemic phase to endemic phase remains some way off, due to a combination of constraints on vaccine availability and roll out, together with high levels of vaccine hesitancy. This creates a need for cost-effective equipment capable of significantly reducing the spread of the virus.

Given the fact that indoor transmission via droplets – often referred to as ‘aerosol transmission’ – is now known to be the dominant means of transmission of not only SARS-CoV-2, but a wide range of viruses, including Influenza A and B, there is now a need for a cost-effective air-purification technology, capable of being deployed in several forms, ranging from standalone units, for use in poorly/moderately-ventilated spaces, to units integrated into Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems in larger spaces, including entire buildings. There is a corresponding need for this to be done without HEPA filters and without UV radiation.

The solution:

Scorpio Technology Ltd has developed – partly under funding by the UK government, via Innovate UK – a new form of anti-viral air-purifier, capable of both capturing droplets from the air and killing virus particles and bacteria contained within the droplets, without the use of any blockable filters, or UV. Details of the technology are the subject of a patent application, however, in essence, it is based on the separation of these droplets (comprising mainly water) from the air, followed by indirect heating of the captured droplets, to a level that has been found by independent research, to kill a wide range of viruses, including Coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, as well as a wide range of other viruses and bacteria. The separation mechanism is also applicable to the removal of common allergens, such as pollens, from the air.

The technology, which we are now looking to develop from prototype to product, has been tested by a team of aerosol chemists at The University of Bristol, and has been found to capture over 90% of airborne droplets down to 1 micron in diameter, and over 95% of droplets down to 1.5 microns in diameter. Above 1.5 microns, the capture efficiency rises to over 99%. Airborne droplets above 1 micron diameter, have been found to provide the main means of transmission of coronaviruses, as well as other airborne viruses – see SAGE-EMG. In addition to this very high capture efficiency, the technology was found to kill 99.996% of all virus particles contained within the captured droplets. This meets the hygiene standards set by the NHS for clinical environments such as operating theatres.

The use of this technology, with its high efficacy, together with the elimination of the need for UV, or HEPA filters, will bring advantages across a wide range of settings, worldwide. In particular, its use in medical and care settings will provide a much needed layer of protection for staff, against infection within wards, waiting rooms and other enclosed spaces. Also, its use in classrooms and corridors will enable schools to provide protection against airborne transmission, without the need to ramp up their heating bills by opening windows during winter.

Business model:

Scorpio Technology will work with our manufacturing collaborator, Teddington Systems, to develop a range of standalone air-purifiers, initially for the UK market, during 2022. This will be followed by a technology licensing scheme, under which non-UK manufacturers will be licensed to bring standalone and HVAC-integrated versions to market worldwide. We anticipate recruiting licensee manufacturers in 2023.

Our planned exit-route is through a trade sale to an established air-purification systems manufacturer.

Market potential:

The global air-purifier market, which totalled $9.6bn in 2019 is projected to grow to $24.6bn by 2027. Much of this growth is predicated on the increased public awareness of airborne viruses and the dangers of indoor transmission.

By targeting the UK market through an OEM model, whilst also addressing the needs of the worldwide market through a technology licensing model, we anticipate (based on very conservative assumptions) driving revenues in excess of £5m pa by the end of FY23/24, leading to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of around £1m pa. These figures are predicted (on the basis of the same conservative assumptions) to rise to £14m pa and £6.5m pa respectively, by the end of FY24/25 and to £25m pa and £14m pa respectively, by FY25/26.

In addition to these significant projected revenue numbers, the Corporation Tax liabilities of the company will be minimised through the use of the UK government’s Patent Box scheme.

Forward look:

Our plan, following-on from these Seed-round funded developments, enabling early revenue, is to raise £1.6m through an A-round, enabling the company to become fully self-funding via revenue, by 2025. We have already received significant interest in the A-round, from both individual investors and an international investment group.




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Offer Information
Min Max
Investment Target £150,000 £450,000
Share Price £1.7661 £1.7661
Shares Offered info 84,933 254,800
Percentage Offered info 7.69% 20.00%
Shares Issued info 1,019,200
Pre-money Valuation £1,800,009
Share Type Ordinary
Minimum Investment £100.00
Tax Relief Available SEIS & EIS
Sector Technology, Hardware & Games
Location Exeter, United Kingdom
Company Number 12780842  

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