CPI’s National Healthcare Photonics Centre

CPI’s National Healthcare Photonics Centre is a state-of-the-art facility based at NETPark in County Durham. This cutting-edge site enables academic partners, SMEs and multi-nationals to accelerate the commercialisation of medical technology products. The £8m facility is supported by the Government’s Local Growth Deal, through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. The facility is helping to encourage innovation and expertise to flourish in the UK medtech industry.

Healthcare photonics is the use of light-based technologies to diagnose and treat medical conditions. The field offers an innovative approach to address the growing global demand for non-invasive, cost-effective, and personalised treatments. Current applications include non-contact cancer diagnostics, endoscopic imaging and a variety of laser treatments. CPI provides the expertise and facilities to help companies bring innovative technologies to market sooner, with less risk and lower costs, ultimately benefiting the patients that need them.

The aim of the facility is to provide a space for the development and commercialisation of innovative ideas using light-based methods for diagnosing and treating disease, as well as imaging systems.

The site provides access to specialist laboratories for optics, life sciences, electronics, ionisation radiation testing and development work. The pilot manufacturing space will support companies of all sizes to scale-up and manufacture products for the medical technologies market. CPI works with these businesses throughout the process to support them as they develop innovative new products.

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Cheif Executive of IBEX Innovations Ltd. Dr. Neil Loxley.

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
Arnab Basu - Kromek

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
Ken Williamson

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
Jon Helliwell

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
Stuart Wilson Ascari

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
Steve Clements

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

NETPark is great for our staff and clients as it’s easy to get to know people here with the many networking events and other site activities taking place all the time.

Lorna Crombie, - director at CK Group
Janet Todd, NETPark Manager

CPI is an important partner in our plans to grow NETPark. The combination of technical expertise and unique equipment is a unique value proposition for companies looking to scale up and launch products to market and our shared understanding and knowledge of that innovation journey has led to a long-term collaborative partnership.

Janet Todd, - NETPark manager