UK to get new formulation centre

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  • Published: Mar 9, 2016
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Source: CPI
  • Channels: Ion Chromatography / Electrophoresis / Laboratory Informatics / Gas Chromatography / Detectors / Proteomics & Genomics / Sample Preparation / HPLC / X-ray Spectrometry / Proteomics / MRI Spectroscopy / Infrared Spectroscopy / Base Peak / Chemometrics & Informatics / Atomic / NMR Knowledge Base / UV/Vis Spectroscopy / Raman
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Planning permission has been granted for the UK Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to build a state-of-the-art facility that will help UK businesses to develop, prove and commercialize innovative products and processes in formulation science.

The new £14.4m National Formulation Centre will be based at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham, conveniently located with the CPI’s Printable Electronics and Graphene Centres. This will allow CPI to provide 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. By providing an environment for innovation, it will increase productivity and accelerate the commercialization 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 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 becoming fully operational from December 2017. The centre is already open for business, however, with interim facilities at NETPark’s Discovery 2 building. The team at the centre is 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 commercialization of new products and processes.

“We are delighted to receive the go-ahead to build,” said centre director Graeme Cruickshank. “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.”

(Artist’s impression of National Formulation Centre courtesy of CPI.)

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