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Rapid adoption of flexible integrated circuits across 3 continents

Rapid adoption of flexible integrated circuits across 3 continents

PragmatIC, a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics, is proud to announce that in just 2 months it has received orders for over 20 million flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs). Orders from customers in Europe, North America and Asia endorse PragmatIC’s unique technology platform as the ideal solution for introducing connectivity into mass market applications.

“These initial volume orders highlight the attractiveness and uniqueness of our ConnectIC® product line”, said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC. “Global companies, eager to enhance their digital presence, have quickly identified a variety of exciting use-cases for connectivity in everyday items.”

PragmatIC will continue to ramp production in the UK through 2019, while working with its partners to enable even more companies to leverage the benefits of FlexICs in their high-volume applications.

The PR1100 ConnectIC series, launched in February, is designed for use in closed HF RFID systems, and enables rapid detection of objects by low-cost custom readers integrated into the solution. They are ideal for applications such as hierarchical inventory management, item identification and tracking, supply chain assurance and brand authentication.

Other products in the ConnectIC family are already in development, addressing a range of use scenarios from open standards-based environments to customer-bespoke solutions.

ConnectICs are targeted at market segments such as food and beverage, personal and home care, pharmaceutical and healthcare. They also support the introduction of digital interactivity into physical toys and games, bringing the dynamic nature of online gameplay into the real world.

“The RFID market is already worth $11 billion in 2018, rising to $13.4 billion by 2022”, said Raghu Das, CEO of market research firm IDTechEx. “The rapid adoption of PragmatIC’s ultra-low-cost technology has the potential to increase the addressable market by an order of magnitude or more.”

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The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

CPI Collaborates with LightOx Limited on Photonics Project to Develop Next Generation Skin and Oral Cancer Therapy

CPI Collaborates with LightOx Limited on Photonics Project to Develop Next Generation Skin and Oral Cancer Therapy

CPI is collaborating on a photonics project to advance the development of next generation cancer treatment using phototherapeutic methods.

The project, a collaboration between CPI and North East-based company, LightOx, is focused on light-based treatments to target removal of skin and oral cancer cells. CPI is supporting LightOx to develop a range of molecular tools for use in imaging, therapeutics and assay development. These unique chemical probes enable cell imaging, detection, tracking and tagging of bioactive molecules, with these tags imaged using fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy.

The probes are smaller than any other commercially available product for these applications, meaning they bypass the traditional problems associated with fluorescent probes. They provide facile delivery into the cell as well as minimal disruption to cell activity prior to light activation, fundamentally changing the way in which these therapies can be delivered to patients. The technology is also able to target therapeutic action to particular body sites using a simple delivery system that enables instant treatment and cell death of selected cells and tissues without damage to healthy cells, minimising side-effects for patients.

The collaboration between CPI and LightOx forms part of the Spotlight programme, which itself is a partnership between CPI and Durham University, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Providing support to SMEs in the County Durham area, Spotlight helps ambitious businesses with early stage proof-of-concept research and the scaling-up of photonics technologies to accelerate commercialisation into the healthcare sector.

CPI’s expert healthcare photonics team has supported the progression of LightOx’s molecular technology through the optical analysis of LightOx’s fluorescent drugs, allowing a greater understanding and informing product development. Complementing this analysis, Durham University helped produce a prototype controllable, calibrated, light delivery system to allow LightOx to validate their new compounds. LightOx is also now in a position where the company has attracted further investment and is in the process of developing its products for clinical applications.

The project comes shortly after the opening of CPI’s new, cutting-edge National Healthcare Photonics Centre at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham. The new centre will support the scale-up and commercialisation of medtech products by acting as a hub for businesses of all sizes and academic partners to work on innovative methods of diagnosing disease, imaging systems – including endoscopy – and light-based treatments.

Dr Tom Harvey, CPI’s Healthcare Photonics Team Lead said “Our new Photonics Centre at NETPark provides companies such as LightOx with access to expert people, along with facilities and equipment dedicated to the development of photonics-based products for healthcare applications.”

Dr Carrie Ambler, LightOx Chief Scientific Officer, said: “CPI provided LightOx with a first-generation light box that enabled us to select leading drug candidates to progress through the therapeutic development pipeline. Following successful selection, we now expect our lead candidates through the pre-clinical evaluation aiming for Phase 1 starting in 2020/2021. 

CPI has also provided us with guidance on the healthcare regulation landscape, and this knowledge has helped shape our company business strategies and priorities moving forward.”

Professor John Girkin, Durham University Spotlight and National Healthcare Photonics Centre lead, said: “The Spotlight project is enabling CPI and Durham University to work together to support local companies in this rapidly emerging market sector. Through this project, and the Photonics Centre, we are able to combine scientific expertise within Durham and CPI’s leading support mechanisms to help a wide range of companies reach their full potential.”

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The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

CPI Officially Launches National Healthcare Photonics Centre to Develop Next Generation Light-Based Treatments

CPI Officially Launches National Healthcare Photonics Centre to Develop Next Generation Light-Based Treatments

CPI has officially opened a new, state-of-the-art facility focused on the development of next generation light-based healthcare treatments.

The National Healthcare Photonics Centre, located at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham will support the scale-up and commercialisation of MedTech products, acting as a hub for businesses of all sizes and academic partners to work on innovative methods of diagnosing disease, imaging systems and light-based treatments. Healthcare photonics technologies can have applications in the early diagnosis and monitoring of chronic diseases such as diabetes or acute diseases such as cancer or brain injury. Lasers are now widely used in the treatment of various eye conditions and in surgical procedures.

The aim of the facility is to reduce the barriers that are preventing promising research and early-stage inventions from moving beyond the laboratory and into innovative healthcare solutions for patients. The new centre includes a suite of specialist laboratories capable of carrying out optical system development and testing, laser system applications development, microscopy and imaging of bio-materials, diagnostic test development, new materials characterisation, ionising radiation imaging and testing, additive manufacturing, electronics development and pilot manufacturing work.

Allowing CPI to create a number of jobs, the centre will help SMEs drive forward innovative products and services at reduced risk and with increased capital efficiencies, while supporting large companies to undertake more disruptive innovation in the healthcare market.

As well as commissioning work or participating in collaborative development projects, companies will be able to locate onsite and work alongside CPI’s highly-skilled team. CPI also offers partners specialist support across device design and development, validation, testing and pilot production, as well as business support to link into networks and connections within the Healthcare and MedTech markets.

Supported by a £7.9m grant from the Government’s Local Growth Deal, through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the cutting-edge facility, based at NETPark, in Sedgefield, County Durham, was officially opened in a ceremony led by Nigel Perry MBE FREng, CPI Chief Executive, and Dr Tom Harvey, CPI Healthcare Photonics Lead with Alan Welby, North East LEP Innovation Director.

Additionally, there were a number of addresses from leading industry figures.

They included Andrew Robertson, Senior Vice-President for Business Development at Gooch & Housego, who spoke about emerging and established photonic technologies in the medical sector, and Professor Andy Whiting, LightOx Chief Technology Officer, who told delegates of LightOx’s work alongside CPI to advance the development of next generation cancer treatment using phototherapeutic methods.

The session concluded with talks about two of the key pieces of equipment which will be available in the new Photonics Centre; first of all, Dr Katherine Lewis spoke about Nikon’s new A1RHD Multiphoton microscope, and then PicoQuant’s Dr Fabian Jolmes spoke about fluorescence lifetime imaging and new market possibilities for this technique. Afterwards, guests were given guided tours of the National Healthcare Photonics Centre’s laboratories.

Nigel Perry, CPI Chief Executive, said: “We are tremendously proud to be opening our new National Healthcare Photonics Centre, which is a clear indication of our commitment to supporting next generation manufacturing.

“As a member of the Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, this investment emphasises our crucial position in the innovation continuum, with our state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding expertise helping partners progress on their journey to commercialisation.”

Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, said: “The National Healthcare Photonics Centre is yet another demonstration of the world-leading role the Northern Powerhouse plays in the MedTech sector and I’m delighted this project is being supported by £7.9m from the Local Growth Fund.

“As well as helping patients by improving the way diseases are diagnosed and treated, the centre will support the growth of innovative new companies bringing high-quality jobs to the area.”

Dr Tom Harvey, Healthcare Photonics Lead at CPI, said: “Bringing together photonics experts, equipment and facilities in this new centre will enable companies to develop the latest cutting-edge MedTech products.

“This facility will benefit patients, as well as the local and national economy.”

Phil Wilson, Sedgefield MP, said: “I am delighted to see the launch of the National Healthcare Photonics Centre in Sedgefield, it demonstrates the diverse strengths the North East has to offer. The innovative work which will take place at the centre will not only bring quality jobs to the area but will hopefully one day improve the diagnosis and monitoring of many chronic diseases, helping people not just in this area but much further afield too.”

Alan Welby, North East LEP Innovation Director, said: “Fostering innovation is at the heart of the North East’s Strategic Economic Plan and this ground breaking facility, which benefited from £7.9m of Local Growth Fund investment will not only allow companies to undertake disruptive innovation in the field of healthcare but will also lead to the creation of more and better jobs for our region.”

Paul Goodwin, GE Healthcare Science Director and Photonics Advisory Board member, said: “I am very excited to participate in the opening of the National Centre for Healthcare Photonics. GE Healthcare has been involved with the capability from its start and I have been honoured to participate in the Advisory Board from its inception. A tremendous ‘thank you’ needs to be given to the entire staff of CPI and especially to Dr. Tom Harvey for his work in leading the effort to get us here today. As we look back upon this day in a few years, I believe that we will be pleased with the technologies and the businesses that we will have helped to give birth to and especially with the jobs that we created and the lives that will have benefited from the work that will take place here.”

The National Healthcare Photonics Centre was built by Newcastle-based Surgo Construction, with support from Durham City architect Howarth Litchfield.

The Government’s Local Growth Deal is supporting major capital investments to promote innovation, sustainable transport and economic and skills infrastructure as part of the North East Growth Deal.

Tom Harvey, Healthcare Photonics Lead at CPI; Paul Goodwin, Science Director at GE Healthcare; Anke Lohmann, Chair of the Photonics Advisory Board; Nigel Perry CEO of CPI, Alan Welby, Innovation Director at North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

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NETPark, North East Technology Park,
Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3FD

Call Us: (+44) 01740 625250
Email: enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com
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The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

New £5m road paves way for science park’s ambitious vision

New £5m road paves way for science park’s ambitious vision

AMBITIOUS plans to create hundreds of new jobs at a fast-growing North East science park has taken a major step forward with the opening of a new 1km road.

Dignitaries gathered at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, County Durham, during National Science Week to mark the opening of the road, named Rosalind Franklin Way after the pioneering scientist who contributed towards the discovery of DNA.

The works will allow a further 26 acres of land to be developed and forms Phase 3 of expansion plans at NETPark, to create additional space for research and development companies which need room to prototype and scale up to manufacture on site.

NETPark is already home to some of the world’s most innovative companies and the latest development could lead to the creation of around 1,400 jobs.

Brian Archer, managing director at Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham which runs NETPark, said: “The next phase of our development offers businesses the opportunity to configure their own workspace with the optimum mix of lab, office, cleanroom and storage space as required.

“Phase 3 offers a clear progression path for the innovative companies on the park which are growing. We have the land and infrastructure to facilitate that growth and the bespoke development opportunities of this expansion will also attract new companies from outside of the region to locate here. They will join a vibrant community of world-class companies making a difference on a global scale.”

The launch of the new road was held next to NETPark’s bold Synergy sculpture, five inflated metal spheres which emulate the logo of the technology when seen in space, ahead of a Powered by People business debate at the park.

The infrastructure works were made possible thanks to a £5m grant from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Local Growth Fund (LGF) last year as part of the North East Growth Deal from the Government. The LGF is a key element of the funding and supports major capital investments which promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport across the North East LEP area.

Business Durham also received £3.2m investment from the North East LEP’s Local Growth Fund towards the cost of the two new £7.6m ‘Explorer’ buildings, which brings the total investment to £12.6m.

Recent tenants to move into the Explorer building include IBEX, which is at the forefront of x-ray imaging technology; PragmatIC, a world leader in the design and manufacture of ultra low cost, flexible electronics and Quorum Development, an innovative software company, which is working with some of the world’s leading energy suppliers.

Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “NETPark is a shining example of the innovative and supportive environment we are striving to create for businesses and investors across County Durham.

“The new road will open up even more land for development, attracting new businesses to the site and allowing existing enterprises to expand. This will create more high quality jobs and exciting opportunities for people at all stages of their careers, from apprentices and university graduates, to experienced scientists and professionals looking for a new challenge.”

David Land, board member at the North East LEP, said: “The completion of this new road opens up new opportunities for NETPark allowing further development to move forward on the site and contribute to our aim of creating 100,000 more and better jobs for our region by 2024.”

The development forms part of the 10-year strategy for NETPark, which includes creating 3,000 jobs and adding another £400m to the region’s GVA.

It is already home to Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, two of the Government’s Catapult centres – the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence and High Value Manufacturing, and four national technology centres: Printable Electronics, Formulation, Graphene Applications and Healthcare Photonics, all managed by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).

New £5m road paves way for science park’s ambitious vision

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CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

Bullet proof shield raises more than £330,000 through crowdfunding site

Bullet proof shield raises more than £330,000 through crowdfunding site

A NETPark based firm that has designed a bulletproof shield to protect children at school has successfully raised more than £330,000 with a crowdfunding campaign.

Graphene Composites took to Crowdcube with the hope of raising £300,000 to continue development of its GC Shield product.

The bulletproof shield is capable of stopping shots fired from handguns, as well has high calibre rounds fired from a Nato sniper rifle and the AR-15 assault rifle.

The GC Shield has also been designed to fit inside a child’s school bag and can be clipped to other shields to create a larger protective barrier.

Graphene Composites took to Crowdcube last month with the aim of raising £300,000 to further develop its technology as well as expand into the US, which will be its main market.

Initial price points put forward by the company suggest that it would sell a pack of 10 shields for around $16,000 (£12,150). It could also charge up to $1m (£759,000) for a full protection range including wall packs in classrooms and offices, and shield curtains at entrances to buildings and school cafeterias and gyms.

With nine days left of its crowdfunding campaign the NETPark headquartered firm has already raised £337,950, and is now overfunding. Those wishing to invest in the company can continue to do so, and can own equity in the company for as little as £10.

Sandy Chen, CEO of Graphene Composites, said: “We’re obviously delighted that we’re now overfunding on Crowdcube – and it’s tremendously heartening to get all this support to develop and commercialise our GC Shield active shooter protection technologies, our Lightning Harvester renewable power, and other applications of our graphene/aerogel composite nano-technology.”

As well as developing the GC Shield, the company plans to experiment with its graphene technology to develop its Lightning Harvester, which aims to harness electricity in storms and feed it into the National Grid.

The technology would work by attaching a long graphene wire to a weather balloon that would be realised into the cloud. The electricity generated by the storm is then fed through the line into the UK’s power network.

The energy from a typical thunder storm is estimated to be enough to power 2% of the UK’s energy needs for a year.

Graphene Composites is also hoping to raise $6m of investment through a private funding round in the US.

News source: The Chronicle

Graphene Composites shield

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NETPark, North East Technology Park,
Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3FD

Call Us: (+44) 01740 625250
Email: enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com
Web: northeasttechnologypark.com

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

NETPark based firm stopping assault rifle bullets seeks funding in UK and US

NETPark based firm stopping assault rifle bullets seeks funding in UK and US

A Sedgefield firm which has developed a shield that can stop bullets fired from some of the world’s most powerful weapons is seeking funding in the UK and America.

Graphene Composites’s GC Shield has been designed to protect school children in the US from mass shootings, which have become an all too common occurrence.

The firm initially used its revolutionary graphene material to stop low calibre rounds but over the last year it has improved the design of its GC Shield to stop bullets from high calibre weapons.

Its tests have shown that the GC Shield is capable of stopping rounds fired by an AR-15 assault rifle – the weapon used to kill 15 people at Parkland high school, in Florida, last year.

The company, based at the Centre for Process Innovation at NETPark, has taken to crowdfunding site Crowdcube to raise £300,000 to expand its business further.

News source: The Chronicle

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We provide companies with access to a focused and international community where talent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

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Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3FD

Call Us: (+44) 01740 625250
Email: enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com
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It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

Kromek secures multi-year nuclear security contract with new OEM customer

Kromek secures multi-year nuclear security contract with new OEM customer

Kromek, a worldwide supplier of detection technology focusing on the medical, security screening and nuclear markets, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by a new OEM customer to supply CZT detectors for use in the nuclear security market.

The contract, which commences immediately, is worth at least $1.4 million and will be delivered over a three-year period, with minimum annual volumes for each year.

Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, commented: “It is very pleasing to sign another multi-year contract with a new OEM customer in the nuclear security market. This further validates the strength of our high-resolution detectors that enable accurate identification of threats. The contract increases our visibility of future revenue and, with our recent fundraising, we are better able to capitalise on similar opportunities in this fast-growing market.”

Dr Arnab Basu, CEO Kromek Plc

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We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

Quorum

Quorum

INNNOVATIVE software company, Quorum, made the short journey from Teesside to the NETPark Incubator in 2014 and have never looked back.

Quorum, which was established in 2002, supplies expert advice, software and services to organisations such as EDF Energy, Orsted, in Denmark, Flexitricity and Centrica. Its products include the Sentinel product, which enables communication with National Grid and supports the efficient operation of power stations in the UK market.

Since making the move to NETPark, Quorum has grown its product range, staff numbers, skills and experience and has developed an exceptional reputation in the energy market.

As Quorum expanded, the team at NETPark helped facilitate their growth needs providing the flexibility to take on more space as the company grows. After doubling the number of clients in 2018 the team at NETPark helped Quorum create 1,200 sq ft of office space for its 14 staff at the NETPark’s new Explorer buildings in 2018.  Quorum has increased its turnover by around 20% in each of the past 3 years, with an expected turnover this year of £2 million and now employs 18 staff.

Paul Usher, commercial director, said:  “NETPark has been a great place for us. The location is central for us, with a large number of our customers being based in both Scotland and England and is really convenient for them to fly into Newcastle Airport or get the train to Durham. The staff at Business Durham have been fantastic and have done everything possible to facilitate our growth including the move to NETPark Explorer.”

Janet Todd, manager of NETPark: “Quorum is an exceptional company to work with. They have a very considered approach to doing business and a great reputation within their sector, having recently won a number of contracts, some of them with big energy providers, which further enhances their growing portfolio of clients. We look forward to supporting them for many years to come.”

Janet Todd of Business Durham with Paul Usher of Quorum

The staff at Business Durham have been fantastic and have done everything possible to facilitate our growth.

Paul Usher, commercial director Quorum.

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We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

Pioneering chemical development firm makes £500,000 move to NETPark

Pioneering chemical development firm makes £500,000 move to NETPark

A CUTTING edge chemical and research development company, whose work is contributing to medical discoveries across the world, is expanding into new premises at the North East’s premier science and technology park.

High Force Research, which supports new product development in the fine chemicals, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and printed electronics industries, is opening a second Research Laboratory at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, County Durham, as the company looks to grow from its current 34 employees to 40.

High Force was set up 30 years ago by three research chemists and has grown organically with its main site at Bowburn North Industrial Estate, near Durham. The company is a chemical development partner for some of the world’s most innovative companies and is involved in many R&D projects, including scaling up processes to supply APIs  (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) made to cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) standards for early clinical trials.

The company has recently invested five hundred thousand pounds in fitting out the new lab and office space at NETPark and purchasing additional high-end analytical equipment. NETPark is managed by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham, which works on behalf of Durham County Council.

Roy Valentine, CEO of High Force, said: “Chemistry has many applications in different business areas. It’s a worldwide industry and 60pc of our business is abroad. Our work is not just purely pharmaceutical or biochemical as chemistry is a core platform technology for a lot of industries, such as advanced materials used in printable electronics and diagnostic reagents, which all need materials manufactured to high quality standards.

“NETPark is a prestigious science park and it ticks a lot of boxes for us. We wanted to expand somewhere close to Bowburn and when we saw the units available at NETPark we thought it would work very well for both lab and office space. There is also the opportunity to expand further as required.”

Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome High Force to our NETPark site. High Force is a great example of a company, which started in County Durham, showing ambition and expanding their valuable North East workforce. Expansions like this prove we have the resources and tools available in the county to help support growing businesses.”

Brian Archer, managing director of Business Durham, said: “NETPark is the perfect environment for an innovative business such as High Force. It is surrounded by like-minded companies and will have the support it needs there to grow and thrive. We look forward to supporting the company further as it settles into NETPark.”

Janet Todd, Business Durham’s manager at NETPark, said: “High Force is a company whose skills and expertise are at the forefront of vital medical research. The company is yet another example of the global talent we have in the North East.”

High Force supports a number of PhD students in local universities which has resulted in the successful launch of a spin out company, Lightox Ltd, by Durham University academics which is based on research supported by High Force over the last ten years.

Lightox Ltd has developed a range of novel fluorescent small molecules that can be used for biological imaging applications and also in photodynamic therapy that can be used for killing both cancer cells and antibiotic resistant bacteria. It was recently awarded the Bionow Start up company of the year award.

High Force Research opens a new laboratory at NETPark in Sedgefield. From left, Operations Director Stuart Penny, Business Durham's MD Brian Archer, NETPark Manager Janet Todd, Councillor Carl Marshall of Durham County Council and CEO Roy Valentine in the new laboratory. Photograph: Stuart Boulton.

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We provide companies with access to a focused and international community where talent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

NETPark North East Technology Park

NETPark, North East Technology Park,
Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3FD

Call Us: (+44) 01740 625250
Email: enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com
Web: northeasttechnologypark.com

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

CURVEBEAM TO INTEGRATE IBEX TRUEVIEW® SCATTER CORRECTION IN THE LINEUP PRODUCT

CURVEBEAM TO INTEGRATE IBEX TRUEVIEW® SCATTER CORRECTION IN THE LINEUP PRODUCT

Curvebeam LLC and IBEX Innovations Ltd have entered into an agreement to incorporate IBEX Trueview® scatter correction software into the Curvebeam LineUp multi-extremity CT imaging system.

Curvebeam President Arun Singh comments: “IBEX Trueview® is highly effective in estimation and virtual elimination of image contamination due to scatter radiation, resulting in improved bone segmentation and enhanced visibility of soft tissue in our performance-leading LineUp product.”

Dr Neil Loxley, CEO of IBEX adds: “We are delighted that a market leader in weight-bearing CT imaging has chosen to adopt Trueview. The deal with Curvebeam is a great validation of the value of our physics-based scatter correction methods.”

IBEX curvebeam foot slice

High resolution slices of a human foot in sagittal plane – IBEX Trueview® increases bone contrast by 37% and tissue contrast by 53%

3D rendered image of bilateral feet – IBEX Trueview® significantly enhances soft tissue visualisation, including authenticity and continuity of certain ligaments/tendons.

News source: IBEX Innovations

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We provide companies with access to a focused and international community where talent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

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Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3FD

Call Us: (+44) 01740 625250
Email: enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com
Web: northeasttechnologypark.com

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek