Simon Hombersley, CEO of Xampla

Company: Xampla


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


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About Simon Hombersley

Simon Hombersley is CEO of Xampla and is responsible for commercialising its breakthrough innovation that has been developed over 15 years at the University of Cambridge.

Under his leadership, Xampla has created the world’s first plant protein polymer material for commercial use across a range of applications within the FMCG, fragrance and cosmetics industry.

A serial cleantech entrepreneur, Simon is also the Founder and Non-Executive Director of Lontra, an engineering firm developing and commercialising energy saving compressors. Simon previously founded TwentyNinety, Puntios Limited, and was CEO of Oxford Flow. Simon is now responsible for driving forwards the next stage of growth at Xampla and overseeing its 30-strong team as the firm brings its natural innovation to market with the world’s biggest brands.



About Xampla

Xampla is a University of Cambridge spin-out, founded by Simon Hombersley, Marc Rodriguez Garcia and Tuomas Knowles and chaired by Jeff Seabright, former Unilever Chief Sustainability Officer.

Developed over 15 years of research, Xampla has created the world’s first plant protein material for commercial use. Its mission is to replace the most polluting single-use plastics you see all around, as well as the hidden microplastics within liquid and lotions.

The technology assembles plant protein to mimic the molecular structure of spider silk, resulting in a strong, flexible and entirely natural material. This next generation material performs just like plastic, but decomposes naturally and fully at the end of life, without harming the environment.

It is the first UK university spin-out to receive B Corp Certification. Xampla has worked with global brands including meal kit retailer, Gousto, and is now partnering with soft drink manufacturer, Britvic, to develop new innovations for squash products.


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