CPI’s National Formulation Centre

CPI’s National Formulation Centre is dedicated to providing the tools and expertise needed to guide companies through the commercialisation of their next-generation formulated products; bringing them to market with reduced risk and costs. The centre provides facilities for academia and business to develop innovative formulation technologies and products.

Formulation involves the creation of a multi-component, often multi-phase, products from raw materials that are suitable for an end-user or consumer who needs a benefit to be delivered. One of the key challenges is keeping the formulation stable during storage, but then ultimately delivering the right things to the right place at the right time to give that benefit. Formulation is used across diverse markets to produce a wide variety of everyday products, for instance when producing a tablet containing active pharmaceutical ingredients or creating the ideal paint, coating, detergent or almost any other product you can find in your supermarket, through to more complex and specialist industrial products such as composites for aircraft or batteries for electric vehicles.

Formulation science is much more complex than you might imagine given it provides the products we all use in our everyday lives. The challenges of up-scaling a new material or product and then optimising its downstream processing can be major barriers to the innovation process. CPI provides access to state-of-the-art facilities and the expertise of our highly skilled people to overcome these challenges and help bring great products to market faster.

The facilities at the National Formulation Centre include laboratory space designed to be as flexible and agile as possible. The centre brings together a broad range of skills from small-scale high throughput formulation science understanding through to larger scale chemical engineering associated with the scale-up and ultimately production of products.

Alongside cutting edge research infrastructure and kit, the centre houses truly outstanding technologists with broad, cross-sector industrial knowledge and experience in formulated products and processes. This integrated skill set includes expertise in colloids & material science, high throughput formulation and screening, advanced analytical measurement, data and informatics, and nanomaterials and composites. This capability provides the diverse learning needed enable our clients to learn small, learn fast and learn thoroughly to get to business decisions faster and ultimately improve peoples’ lives.

The formulation facilities are specifically designed to enable cross-sector learning and horizontal innovation, allowing support of product and process design for a range of formulated products based on complex solids, complex liquids, nanomaterials, and nanoformulations.

The centre enables collaboration between partners across the formulation eco-system and drives the delivery of projects which result in innovative formulation technologies.

CPI NETPark
Visit the website
CPI's National Formulations Centre at NETPark
Formulation laboratory tours at CPI's National Formulation Centre based at NETPark.
CPI’s National Formulation Centre at NETPark is developing next-generation formulated products.

Follow NETPark On Social Media

Keep up to date with the latest NETPark news and events.

NETPark Logo

The North East Technology Park provides a dynamic and supportive environment to accelerate the growth of ambitious, innovative, high tech companies into global markets. NETPark encourages collaborative multidisciplinary links, driving innovation, enterprise and economic prosperity.
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
enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com

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

Cheif Executive of IBEX Innovations Ltd. Dr. Neil Loxley.Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

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 WilliamsonKen Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

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 AscariStuart 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 ClementsSteve 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.

Arnab Basu - KromekDr 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.

NETPark North East Technology Park - CK ScienceLorna Crombie, - director at CK Group

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 ManagerJanet Todd, - NETPark manager

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.

Chief Executive Officer at Magnitude Biosciences David Weinkove.David Weinkove, CEO, Magnitude BioSciences

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.

Head of Research Dr Neil SimDr Neil Sim, High Force Research

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 SolutionsAndy Turner, Quality Hospital Solutions, Quality Hospital Solutions

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.

Filtronic, Chief Financial Officer Michael Tyreman.Michael Tyreman, Chief Financial Officer, Filtronic

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, founder and CEO PolyPhotonixRichard Kirk, CEO PolyPhotonix, PolyPhotonix

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, CPIDr Arun Harish, Strategy Director, CPI, CPI