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Durham Business & Innovation Services

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New partnership for transformative research

(18 October 2016)

Durham University has announced a new strategic partnership with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) which could transform the way research is developed into marketable products in industries including health and personal care.

Durham University and CPI, a leading technology innovation centre which supports the UK process manufacturing industry, have formalised their working relationship with the aim of seeking out new opportunities for collaboration, funding and training.

Research and innovation excellence

The partnership brings together Durham’s research excellence in areas such as chemistry, biology, physics and engineering with the translational expertise of the CPI – part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Together Durham University and CPI will provide the knowledge, know-how and facilities to enable research to be developed and translated into market-ready products, helping companies to accelerate product development, supporting new innovative companies to grow, and attracting investment from national and international sources.

It is also hoped that bringing together the perspectives and insight of the University with those of CPI will give new insight in the field of science and innovation. 

The partnership announcement comes shortly after the Conservative party conference where Chancellor Philip Hammond praised the work of entrepreneurs and scientists for turning Britain into a hub of technological innovation.

Partnership working

The partnership builds on over £33 million worth of existing collaboration between Durham University and CPI, such as on project CHARIOT.

CHARIOT aims to develop new innovations in the manufacture of specialist powders for uses in healthcare, personal care, catalysts and foods. The incorporation of these powders into existing and new products will help products to perform better, make manufacture and transportation cheaper and minimise the environmental impacts of their use.

The project is led by major consumer product company Procter & Gamble.

Economic benefits

The partnership will enable the University and CPI to proactively seek out opportunities for major collaboration, attract investment and support the recruitment, training and retention of the best local, national and international talent within the North East of England.

The formal working relationship has been developed and supported by the Durham Research Innovation Services team which works across the University to support all aspects of business engagement and research commercialisation.

CPI is the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The Catapults are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

Research commercialisation success

Other successful research commercialisation projects at Durham University include P2i, a global leader in liquid repellent nanotechnology, Kromek, a radiation detection technology company focusing on the medical, security and nuclear markets and Advanced Graphene Materials who are innovators in the manufacture and application of high specification graphene.