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 sustainably sourced peas. It’s entirely natural, with no synthetic ingredients, biodegradable and biocompatible.

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

We can make microcapsules, beads, coatings, threads and other structures and materials to industry requirements, including films and packaging.

Xampla is the world leader in the development of plant protein as a material for commercial application. It’s a spin-out from the University of Cambridge.

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 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), developed over fifteen years at the University of Cambridge. Our patented products are entirely biodegradable, with no harmful pollution, and high performance plant protein materials offer a potential revolution in packaging.

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

Plastics Replacement

Xampla’s core product is a high performance material engineered from plant protein.

P-Mat™ can be structured into capsules (eg for fragrance in homecare, replacing melamine formaldehyde), microbeads for cosmetic and other applications, threads, rheology modifiers and emulsifiers, and specialist coatings.  P-Mat™ is in development for films and other packaging applications. For a commercial sample, email info@xampla.com 

Food and Beverage

Xampla’s materials can be produced to food standards.  

The company’s launch products are food grade microcapsules, and the materials is in development for other food and beverage applications, including edible films, texturisers and emulsifiers.

Pcaps a a microencapsulation solution to plastic


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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 (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. 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. 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  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 Organist 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



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 Building, 25 Cambridge Science Park Road, Cambridge CB4 0FW

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