CPI is a UK technology innovation centre that helps companies to scale up their research ideas and turn them into high value manufactured products. CPI began operations in 2004 and since then the company has established a track record of delivering major impact and high value for its clients and for the UK.
CPI’s continuing work with Business Durham has been a major factor in CPI’s growth. Business Durham manages NETPark, home to an elite innovative group of science, engineering and technology organisations with global ambition, transforming innovative ideas into products with worldwide social and economic impact. CPI currently has two UK National Centres at NETPark and has further expansion plans approved in a number of strategic areas.
CPI’s involvement with Business Durham began very early on in NETPark’s existence with the planning, build and launch of CPI’s Neville Hamlin building which houses their Electronics capability. Since then the two companies have partnered across a host of themes supporting innovation in the UK. Listed are some of the highlights.
Growth of CPI’s Printable Electronics Centre
Opened in 2009, CPI’s Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark has grown from an initial team of 10 to a team of 90. The centre has continued to expand over the last ten years and now hosts over £60m worth of assets alongside some of the best scientists and researchers in the world.
CPI is working with a number of companies of all sizes in the commercialisation of their new product concepts. Some examples include PragmatIC, Wootzano, and Hp1 Technologies.
Science park collaboration with Kromek
Being located in the science park offers many opportunities for potential collaboration with neighbours. One example is CPI’s work with NETPark company Kromek to develop a conformable radiation detector using Kromek’s expertise in radiation detectors and CPI’s knowledge of printable electronics. The primary application is for breast cancer screening, where the technology will have a number of advantages over current technology, including making the experience a lot more comfortable for women.
CPI’s establishment of the National Formulation Centre in NETPark
Located at NETPark, CPI’s National Formulation Centre is an open-access innovation centre for advanced formulated product design and manufacture. The Centre provides the environment for companies to increase productivity and accelerate the commercialisation of their next generation formulated products.
Formulated products are all around us and vital to our everyday lives, from the food we eat, to the household cleaning products we use, to the oils in our cars, to the paints we use to decorate our homes and the pharmaceuticals that we use to maintain our health. Effective formulation directly impacts product performance and influences key product features such as stability, delivery of active components and sensory perception. Sales of formulated products by UK companies amount to £180bn per annum.
The National Formulation Centre is located at NETPark and is supported by specialist graphene and formulation laboratories.
CPI’s Healthcare Photonics Centre opened in 2018
Healthcare photonics refers to the application of light for a range of healthcare applications including therapies, diagnostics, imaging and surgical interventions, and is an exciting and rapidly growing area across the globe. CPI has recently opened a new National Centre for Healthcare Photonics at NETPark to help industry and academia translate their early research into commercially viable products.
“There has been a long association between CPI’s National Centre for Printable Electronics and Business Durham. 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. Indeed, the relationship between CPI and Business Durham has proved to be synergistic, creating further expansion opportunities on NETPark that will ultimately lead to the creation of even more high quality business development opportunities and jobs for the region.”
– Dr Jon Helliwell, Operations Support Director, CPI.
“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. We look forward to helping many more companies, working closely with CPI.” Janet Todd, NETPark Manager.