Cambridge Plant Protein Materials

Plastic pollution is choking our planet.  Xampla has the highly innovative solution — a natural plastic alternative entirely made from peas.


Oil-based plastics and other materials impact our health and environment.

Xampla has developed a new material, made from peas. It’s entirely natural, with no synthetic ingredients, biodegradable and biocompatible.

Supramolecular Engineered Protein (SEP) is a natural alternative to plastic

We’re focusing on applications where microplastics come into contact with people.  We can make microcapsules, beads, films, threads and other structures and materials to industry requirements.

Xampla is the world leader in the development of plant protein as a material for commercial application.

our products and services

Supramolecular Engineered Protein

Xampla enables industrial customers to produce products with natural, plant-based materials.

We replace synthetic materials and polymers.  Most natural alternatives to plastic require chemical additions and are based on plant polysaccharides.  Xampla engineers a new class of 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), and our products are highly biocompatible and entirely biodegradable, with no harmful pollution.

Xampla has developed a new material, made from peas. It’s entirely natural, with no synthetic ingredients, biodegradable and biocompatible.

Xampla develops protein materials to provide solutions to meet industry’s needs.


Xampla’s core product is P-Mat™, a hydrogel made entirely from pea protein.  Food grade, vegan, organic and with full traceability, P-Mat™ is a vegetarian gelatin which Xampla’s team can formulate to meet the precise functional requirements of the commercial application.

P-Mat™ is available in sample batches, for customer trials and development partnerships, with full product launch in 2020.  For a commercial sample, email info@xampla.com 

Pmat pea protein


Xampla’s launch solution is P-Caps™, a microencapsulation solution using P-Mat™ engineered as a robust shell material.  P-Caps™ offers customers an entirely natural and fully biodegradable alternative to traditional synthetic microencapsulation materials.

The Xampla team is developing specific solutions with commercial partners for P-Caps™, encapsulating nutrients, fragrances and other ingredients for consumer products.  

Pcaps a a microencapsulation solution to plastic


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Read our recent updates

Finalist in Science Start-up of the Year 2019

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Industry recognises Xampla’s Emerging Technology

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GC Nomination award 2019

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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 he spun out of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science.  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 in different areas (Fluidic Analytics and Wren Therapeutics). He has held positions in the Engineering Department both in Cambridge and Harvard Universities before returning to Cambridge, becoming a Professor in 2015. 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. Professor Knowles has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles. 

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia, Head of Research, Xampla

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia, Head of Research

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2016. He then joined the Knowles Laboratory as a Research Associate to explore the translational potential of protein  materials, and then joined Xampla to lead the research team. His has an expertise in the use of protein in microencapsulation and other structured materials.


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 7958 473834 to arrange a meeting.

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