CPI’s National Formulation Centre given the green light

An artist's interpretation of how the National Formulation Centre will look
Planning permission has been granted for the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to build a state of the art facility that will enable UK businesses to develop, prove and commercialise innovative products and processes in formulation science.

The £14.4million centre is has been funded as part of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and integrates with the UK government’s £28m investment into The National Formulation centre which is managed by CPI.

Centre director Graeme Cruickshank said “We are delighted to receive the go-ahead to build. Our goal is to develop a sustainable, state-of-the-art facility to complement and enhance current UK capability which will be useful for multiple formulating industries. In the meantime, we are very much open for business, and welcome opportunities to connect with companies who are looking to be involved in collaborative projects.”

The centre will be based at NETPark in Sedgefield, conveniently located with CPIs Printable Electronics and Graphene Centres which will enable a joined up approach to the development of formulated products and their applications across markets such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, industrial products, oil and gas, paints and coatings, and food and drink.

The National Formulation Centre will take an industry-led approach to bring together cutting-edge cross sector expertise, technology and infrastructure, and provide the environment for innovation which will increase productivity and accelerate the commercialisation of next generation formulated products.

Working with the centre, companies will be able to join consortia to deliver projects that will create a sustainable open access capability. Opportunities are also available for collaboration to develop CR&D bids for European and UK funding calls in formulation science areas, as well as engaging in commercial technical development projects.

Ground is set to be broken at the site in August 2016, with the centre fully operational from December 2017; however, the centre is already open for business with interim facilities at NETPark’s Discovery 2 building. The team are developing a pipeline of projects that will enable CPI and partners from across the formulating industries to develop capability that will address barriers to innovation and de-risk the commercialisation of new products and processes.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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