Accelerate product commercialisation
Eligibility North East England
Gillian Kears-Fricker

Gillian Kears-Fricker

Business Innovation Manager


Are you looking for support to overcome innovation challenges?

CPI are delivering a new European Regional Development Fund project to help SMEs across the North East Region to accelerate product commercialisation.

The project entitled PROSPECT’, assists SMEs who are manufacturing products within the health/​personal care and food and drink sector amongst others. Using CPI’s expertise and extensive facilities within formulation chemistry, businesses can enhance product performance and improve manufacturing processability properties.


How do we make this possible?

CPI can assist SMEs active within or seeking to access the health/​personal care, consumer goods, chemicals, materials and food & drink sectors to enhance up-scaling, prototyping and applications of their technology. Support for SME product/​process development will be offered at appropriate scales, ranging from laboratory to pilot and prototyping in order to help local SME’s develop and launch innovative new products.

CPI is an experienced partner supporting your path to commercialisation, through this ERDF funded programme, giving you access to business services, product and process development assets and expertise, as well as access to our state-of-the-art formulation preparation and characterisation facilities. 

CPI works transparently and impartially, providing you with informed and straightforward advice.

For more information

Gillian Kears-Fricker

Gillian Kears-Fricker

Business Innovation Manager


Our Offer

SMEs will be assisted with in-depth learning in : 

  • Formulated Liquids Rheology — via The Scaleable Liquids Test Rig, a set of interlinked vessels from 1l to 1000l, with in vessel and in line mixing, and state of the art metrology.
  • The Properties and Optimisation of Complex powders via a unique and versatile testbed powder facility with advanced process metrology 
  • Liquids stability testing via accelerating the failure mechanism through a microfluidic chip with variable temperature and pressure parameters, and optical and physical measurement outputs.


Small/medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a registered address in the North East Region areas can apply for support if the following criteria are met:

  • Staff headcount less than 250 (full-time equivalents, so part-time roles are percentages of a full-time equivalent)
  • Annual turnover of less than 50 million euros
  • Net balance sheet less than 43 million euros

Let’s innovate together

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Case Studies

Read about PROSPECT Project’s past work.

Modelling powder flow 

Liquid Stability Testing 

Controlling Crystallisation 

Pack and Fill 

Start Date: 13 Jan 2020 End Date: 30 Jun 2023 Project No. 25R18P03909
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