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 bags, 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.


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 later in 2020, 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 later in the year, 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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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.

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.

Dr Karl Hunter, Application Scientist

Dr Karl Hunter is a biochemist with over 20 years experience at Unilever in Research and Development, where he developed products in homecare, personal care and food applications.


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


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 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.


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.  


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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