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2. The Institute of Physics
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3. The Drayson Foundation
The Drayson Foundation is a registered charity set up by Paul and Elspeth Drayson in 1999 to support charitable projects, primarily in the fields of healthcare and the education of young people. The Foundation does not undertake fundraising activities and is funded only by donations from Lord & Lady Drayson.
4. Elspeth Drayson
Elspeth was educated at Headington School, Oxford. She took a BSc(Hons) degree in physics at Imperial College followed by a MSc in medical electronics and physics at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London University and a MPhil in management studies at Oxford University.
Following a successful career in the medical device industry and in technology transfer she co-founded PowderJect Pharmaceuticals plc with Paul Drayson in 1993 and was a director of the company until its successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 1997. PowderJect was a highly successful spin-out from the University of Oxford based on technology first identified by Elspeth as having significant commercial potential.
In 2007 she co-founded with Paul, Drayson Racing Technologies, a green technology research and development business & international race team. Recently Drayson Racing Technologies has pioneered electric vehicle drivetrain and wireless charging technology, set several world and British electric land speed records and will be competing in the forthcoming FIA Formula E championship for 100% electric racing cars.