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Our Technology Capability

CPI supports the UK biopharmaceutical industry by engaging in a variety of collaborative work programmes to support process innovation and facilitate the development and adoption of new manufacturing and analytical technologies.

Our capabilities and expertise in high throughput and novel process development enables partners and clients to bring their products to market faster and with reduced risk. We support SMEs, large companies and universities to translate early, proof of concept, stage research in to industry and market-ready technologies.

The National Biologics Manufacturing Centre
has been created to act as a central hub for the UK’s Biologics industry, hosting key events and research projects and providing a central facility to advance innovation in the industry.

Our core themes are:

  • Developing and Integrating New and Improved Process Technologies 

  • Developing and Demonstrating Rapid and Robust Approaches to Process Development 

  • Developing and Integrating New and Improved Analytical Technologies 

  • Developing Improved Technologies for Formulation, Fill and Finish 

  • Training and Developing Workforce to Match Industry Demand 

  • Biologics Factory of the Future 

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Upstream Processing
  • Downstream Processing
  • Analytical Testing and Development
  • Fill & Finish
  • Manufacturability, Process Modelling and Simulation
  • Process Economics and Evaluation
  • Commercialisation and Business Support including IP Landscaping
  • Public – Private Project Funding Support
  • Bespoke Training Packages

Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining

Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining

Through our range of technology development services and our Industrial Biotechnology facility, we help our clients to de-risk process development and provide proof-of-concept testing at scale.

Our multidisciplinary team has completed feasibility assessments, process development projects and piloting studies for UK, European and international clients.

In order to maximise our value to clients we
offer a range of services to help to speed up product and process development and provide the most robust manufacturing proof of concept packages. CPI can help commercialise your ideas and take them to market faster and with minimal risk.

Our services are built around the themes of:

  • Technology landscaping and technical due diligence
  • Process modelling and optimisation

  • Process guidance for relevant targeted host- strain development
  • Techno-economic process benchmarking and plant build cost estimation

  • Process scale-up and demonstration

We have the capability to deliver both in depth development programs using our range of technology development services as well as less complex projects with a simple goal.

National Industrial Biotechnology Facility

  • World class open access capability in the scale-up and commercialisation of industrial biotechnology and anaerobic digestion
  • Scale up demonstration from micro litres to 10,000L
  • Fully equipped labs including novel C1 gas fermentation capability
  • Anaerobic digestion facility
  • Digester working volumes between 1.5m3 and 5.3m3

Printable Electronics

Printable Electronics

Our facilities and expertise provide clients with the environment to understand how their products and processes perform under manufacturing conditions and accelerate their commercial realisation.

CPI focuses on the integration and manufacturing of new innovative electronic devices, developing the technologies that will drive the manufacturing process forward. These new processes, including the printing of electronic functionality, open up a host of design opportunities and will lead to the creation of a range of future electronic applications in key market sectors such as print and packaging, healthcare, built environment, automotive and aerospace.

Our services are tailored around the following technologies:

  • Opto Electronics
  • Barrier Vacuum Processing
  • Integrated Smart Systems
  • Ink Formulation and Integration
  • Atomic Layer Deposition

National Printable Electronics Centre

  • 1500m2 of clean room facilities: 2 clean rooms (Class 100 and 1000)
  • Integrated Smart Systems print facilities
  • Formulation, optical and electrical test labs
  • Incubator and start up space
  • Flexible conference and meeting room facilities



CPI is supporting innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry, helping the UK to remain competitive in a global marketplace.

We enable ideas, research and knowledge to be translated into commercial business propositions by providing the facilities and technical expertise to help companies overcome their innovation challenges.

Utilising the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, CPI can help companies of all sizes to understand the technical feasibility of their new biologic process or technology, helping to get it to market faster and with less risk.

The services we offer have been tailored to meet the needs of the industry:

  • Process and analytical testing
  • Next generation biologics development
  • Process and analytical technology development
  • Workforce training and development

National Biologics Manufacturing Centre

  • State of the art 5000m2 facility
  • 14 laboratories including analytical suite, cytotoxic viral vector labs as well as two GMP standard labs
  • Open plan lecture theatre and conferencing space



CPI’s National Formulation Centre is a UK based open-access innovation centre for advanced formulated product design and manufacture.

The centre is industry driven and brings together world class cross sector expertise, technology and infrastructure to provide the environment for companies to increase productivity and accelerate the commercialisation of their next generation formulated products.

The National Formulation Centre is managed by CPI and operates a hub and spoke model to deliver bigger, cheaper and faster innovation into UK manufacturing. The model brings together multiple innovation supply chains and world leading capability in the design and mechanistic understanding of complex formulated systems. Working with the centre, clients can substantially increase the speed of innovation as well as necessitating a significant reduction in the risks and costs associated with new product development.

Our services are:

  • Partnership in Advanced Capability Building and Transfer programmes
  • Open-access and exploitation projects
  • Intelligent signposting to an extended UK Formulation Network
  • Communities of Practice and Project Building Activities
  • Incubator Space

National Formulation Centre

  • 4 advanced flexible learning laboratories of 550m2 enabling:
    • Materials making
    • Formulation development
    • Applications testing
    • Advanced characterisation facilities
  • Co-location at NETPark with the National Printable Electronics Centre to maximise cross-fertilised innovation potential