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A World Class Photonics Capability

CPI is opening the National Healthcare Photonics Centre, based at NETPark, County Durham in January 2019. The centre will provide flexible 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) through the Northern Powerhouse Local Growth Fund to establish the 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 are 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 partners with the academic, medical and clinical communities, supply and value chain partners as well as key players within the healthcare innovation ecosystem.

The facility covers 2000m2 of floor space over two floors with specialist labs, design, manufacture and testing areas. The centre also has incubator space available for companies to use as a base, as well as office, meeting and exhibition space designed to aid collaboration and nurture new ideas.

Discover the new facility:

  • Specialist optics, life sciences, electronics and ionising radiation test and system development laboratories
  • Manufacturing area and lab space for prototype/ pilot device assembly
  • Prototyping facilities including 3D printing and electronics development
  • Testing facilities suitable for clinical investigation and clinical validation work
  • Medical device design including, optical and mechanical design
  • Offices, meeting and seminar rooms.
A World Class Photonics Capability