Healthcare Photonics

National Centre for Healthcare Photonics at CPI

CPI is opening a new National Centre for Healthcare Photonics based at NETPark, County Durham in 2018. The centre will provide open access facilities and expertise to help companies of all sizes to develop their photonics based technologies for healthcare and turn them into commercially viable products. CPI has received initial support from the North East Local Economic Partnership (NELEP) to establish this centre.

Enabling and emerging technologies such as photonics can provide novel, improved ways to diagnose and treat disease. The UK has world class research capability in this area and a key challenge is to reduce the barriers that are preventing early research and inventions from moving beyond the laboratory and into innovative healthcare solutions for patients.

CPI aims to achieve this objective by creating infrastructure and capability to address a number of major barriers. Partnerships and collaboration will be core to CPI’s operating model. The creation of the National Centre will allow more early-stage companies and SMEs to drive forward their innovation, and increase their chances of commercialisation. This will also stimulate and encourage large companies in the UK to undertake more innovation activities, at reduced risk and with increased capital efficiencies. CPI will partner with the academic, medical and clinical communities, supply and value chain partners as well as key players within the healthcare innovation ecosystem.

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