Centre for Process Innovation to support pharma SMEs
The Centre for Process Innovation is targeting small and medium-sized enterprises from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries with its Innovation Support Programme in an effort to aid development within the industry through a range of innovation support opportunities including insights, product applications and technologies.
Pharmaceutical-based companies, start-ups and inventors, as well as research groups and university spin-outs providing equipment and technology to the sector will have access to the programme until its closes in April this year.
The programme is made up of several elements:
- CPI’s Innovation Integrator: a diagnostic business tool developed by CPI that helps identify the factors that can help your company, product, process or technology move forward
- CPI Innovation Support: technical or business support work, which can be offered after completion of the Innovation Integrator assessment to help address some of the urgent challenges that the client is facing
- Communities of Practice: sharing of knowledge between like-minded companies and technology providers to create additional value through collaboration and acceleration of the innovation processes
- Retraining and Upskilling Courses: to improve staff capacity to innovate and increase their flexibility in dealing with new technical requirements from the marketplace.
“CPI’s specialist expertise has been proven, repeatedly, within multiple sectors, from start-ups through to large corporations,” explained Graham Hillier, director of Strategy and Futures at CPI. “We understand what is needed for successful innovation to take place at each technology development stage: invention, innovation and commercialisation. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industries to use our knowledge and experience to facilitate and stimulate even more innovation taking place in the UK.”