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
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
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
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

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

One of the positive aspects of being part of the local authority is that we can put companies in touch with the right people quickly, such as in planning or building control, which is really useful if a company is managing their own fit out.

Janet Todd, - NETPark manager
Chief Executive Officer at Magnitude Biosciences David Weinkove.

NETPark is in an excellent location, there are many like-minded businesses on the park – it really is an excellent base from which we hope to grow our business.

David Weinkove, CEO, Magnitude BioSciences
Head of Research Dr Neil Sim

Just from being here over a year now, we’ve worked with at least three different companies on-site. So that’s new business leads that we wouldn’t have had is we hadn’t moved to NETPark.

Dr Neil Sim, High Force Research
Andy Turner, Quality Hospital Solutions

Business Durham has been instrumental in helping us to bring SamplePod to market, as they knew we were looking for a company to produce a low-cost electronic tag and they introduced us to PragmatIC.

Andy Turner, Quality Hospital Solutions, Quality Hospital Solutions
Filtronic, Chief Financial Officer Michael Tyreman.

Filtronic chose NETPark for a number of reasons including the modern infrastructure and facilities, the established, innovative and like-minded businesses located there and finally the flexibility it offers to enable us to scale our business.

Michael Tyreman, Chief Financial Officer, Filtronic
Richard Kirk, founder and CEO PolyPhotonix

It’s nice to have our own office at NETPark and Business Durham has been great. We’ve restructured the business and they’ve supported us as we’ve moved into bigger premises. We couldn’t have asked for better landlords.

Richard Kirk, CEO PolyPhotonix, PolyPhotonix
Dr Arun Harish, Strategy Director, CPI

CPI and Business Durham work in partnership to support SMEs looking to develop their innovative products or processes. At NETPark, CPI acts as an anchor organisation, attracting companies to locate here on the site, in order to benefit from the established and unique innovation networks across the entire supply chain.

Dr Arun Harish, Strategy Director, CPI, CPI