At the Oxford GAV Conservation venture Studio, we define conservation problems broadly. At their core Climate Change, Novel Viruses, Energy Crises, Food Security, and Ocean Plastics are all conservation issues. The advent of the Conservation Venture Vertical is critical to prevent future disease transmissions, enable economies to adjust to climate change, and to preserve our shared global heritage.   

• Design and test innovative CleanTech, GreenTech, Genomic, Sustainability & Pandemic solutions .
• Partner with multinationals to rapidly commercialize new technologies to conserve our global heritage .
• Engage with enterprise stakeholders and the most renown scientific & conservation thought leaders to create a “public policy platform”.

Our robust research and development programmes are already addressing the most critical challenges facing the planet. Outputs include intellectual property such as patents, processes, inventions, and technologies that become commercially viable across multiple industries. 

Ox GAV CVS Solving Trillion-dollar Problems

At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, 2020 it was announced that, for the first time,
the top-5 risks to the global economy are all environmental.

Global Warming 

$7.9 Trillion in projected Economic Costs.
(The Economist November, 2019)

COVID-19 Pandemic  

>$4 Trillion in projected Economic Costs.
(Asian Development Bank, April, 2020)

Food Security  

Realignment of Livestock Farming costs
$1.8 Trillion Annually.
(FAO Trucost Study, 2015)

Ocean Plastics   

Costing Societies $2.5 Trillion Annually.
(The Guardian, April, 2019)

Energy Crisis   

The economic and health costs of air pollution from burning fossil fuels totalled $2.9 Trillion in 2018.
(CREA, February, 2020)

Biodiversity Loss


Each of these problems, and many others, require novel and original technology and process-oriented solutions. The Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio is a catalyst for the creation of those solutions and partnering with enterprise globally.

ESG Mandates

The adoption of Environmental, Social, and Governance investment metrics is becoming mainstream. As socially-conscious investors begin to screen investments by assessing a company's impact on the world; Conservation Technologies will rise to the forefront of ESG investment mandates and provide measurable results and real ROI. 



Robert Montgomery

Managing Director


Senior Partner


Project Manager


Postdoctoral Associate


Managing Partner


Managing Partner


Partner - CVS


Partner - CVS



Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Jatin Aythora

Board Advisor

Joint Steering Committee

Joint Steering Committee

Pr. David Macdonald

Board Advisor

Dr. Angela Calvert

Board Advisor




Oxford University

A collegiate research university in Oxford, England recognized as the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Oxford can trace its founding back to 1096 and its history and influence has made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. For the fifth consecutive year Oxford has been ranked as the #1 university globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Oxford University Innovations

Oxford University’s Strategic Plan articulates the University’s vision, “We will work as one Oxford bringing together our staff, students and alumni, our colleges, faculties, departments and divisions to provide world-class research and education. We will do this in ways which benefit society on a local, regional, national and global scale…”. Oxford University Innovation contributes to the University’s societal benefit by working with staff and students to apply their expertise and research. We have a bold vision: A world-leading innovation ecosystem with Oxford University at its heart. And our daily activities are guided by our mission: As architects of creative solutions, we enable the University community to maximize the global impact of Oxford’s research and expertise.


Global Accelerated Ventures

Global Accelerated Ventures (GAV) is a globally recognized innovation aggregator who partners with industry leading multinationals to identify game changing emerging technologies, harvests talent globally, embracing all stakeholders in the value chain, and executes strategic matching which is beyond reproach. GAV drives business communities to develop sustainable wealth generating models for ESG focused innovation. Partners include the London Stock Exchange Group (London), Synechron, Inc. (NYC), InterSystems (Boston), and Pacira Biosciences, Inc. (Parsippany).



Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

Lady Margaret Hall is a pioneering Oxford University college. In October 1879 nine women arrived at LMH and became the first to receive an Oxford education. We admitted men in 1979 and, in 2016, became the first Oxbridge college to establish a Foundation Year for under-represented students.


News & Events

News & Events

  • April 16, 2021

Conservation: A New National Industrial Policy

For decades, the tried-and-true formula in Asia had been to mobilize national industrial policy. Some methods —including organizing government policy into a long-term strategic framework managed by trusted ministry

  • April 13, 2021

It doesn’t make sense to keep destroying nature ‘for the sake of the economy’

We’ve seen a 70% decline in birds, amphibians, mammals, fish, and reptiles since 1970. This collection of scientists and investors are doing something about it. Maddyness is collaborating with Ours to Save to bring readers fresh perspectives on sustainability.

  • April 6, 2021

Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio Appoints William I.Y

Oxford, UK / SEAPRWire / Mar 25, 2021 / – Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio (CVS) announces that William I.Y. Byun has joined the team as a Partner to drive forward partnerships with both enterprises and governments across Asia.

  • March 30, 2021

China Medical System (00867)

HONG KONG, Mar 30, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Turnover and net profit increased at the same time, innovative pipeline continued to expand, and the synergy between its businesses became increasingly obvious …..China Medical System Limited (the “Company” or “CMS”), who has just released its annual results, has brought too many surprises

  • March 25, 2021

What the UK conservation technology industry can learn from Israel

In February of 2021, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta released the final report of a multi-year review of the economics of biodiversity. This report emphasised that biodiversity is an integral component of global economies and that the continued loss of biodiversity would have devastating impacts on human society.

  • February 18, 2021

Oxford University, GAV Start Conservation Venture Capital Fund

The world’s first venture capital fund to use conservation technologies from Oxford University was announced Tuesday by venture capital firm Global Accelerated Ventures (GAV) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the research commercialization arm of the school.

  • February 16, 2021

The world’s first conservation-focused venture studio has launched – in the UK

Part of the solution to our manmade climate crisis will be found in the startup world. Transformative technology we’ll come to rely on in 2030 and beyond is – right now – lurking at the venture stage. Gaining funding as a climate-focused startup used to be a real trial – but nowadays ESG and lucrative investments are becoming one and the same.

  • February 11, 2021

Oxford University and Global Accelerated Ventures launch Conservation Venture Studio

OXGAV’s mission is to rapidly accelerate novel technologies and innovative solutions addressing the world’s most pressing environmental problems. The Studio will support the research and development of exceptionally promising innovations by interdisciplinary scientists across a dozen departments at Oxford University and will enable the outputs of this research to be commercialised and scaled around the world.

  • February 10, 2021

Economics’ failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’

The world is being put at “extreme risk” by the failure of economics to take account of the rapid depletion of the natural world and needs to find new measures of success to avoid a catastrophic breakdown, a landmark review has concluded.

  • February 9, 2021

Oxford University set to launch up to 20 sustainability startups in two years

Not content with creating one of the world’s first Covid-19 vaccines, Oxford University also wants to tackle another huge global problem: climate change.
A new initiative announced today, the Conservation Venture Studio (OXGAV), aims to launch between 13 and 20 new startups that are addressing climate issues over the next two years.