Centre for Process Innovation (“CPI”)
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK-based technology innovation centre and the process arm of the government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next-generation products and processes.
GC and CPI have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA)” with a stated purpose of jointly developing graphene/aerogel composites. As part of each project, other third-party organisations will be involved (e.g. graphene/aerogel/other materials suppliers, mechanical testers to validate the technology, roll manufacturers and composite assemblers for further product development).
CPI has helped over 2,000 companies develop new products and processes, 53% of these companies are SMEs. CPI has over £73m of open access development and prototyping facilities and over 290 staff at four facilities in North East England; it has completed over 500 projects with a value in excess of £300m.
The CPI’s Graphene Application Centre opened for business in Spring 2016 at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham. Created by the UK government and funded by Innovate UK, it helps companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. It offers access to scale-up capability in the development of graphene, printable and formulation-based products, and provides a joined-up approach in materials development, technology, scale-up and applications integration, bringing together the entire value chain for innovative graphene-based technologies. CPI’s Graphene Application Centre has an experienced team of scientists and dedicated facilities for functionalising, mixing and processing graphene, with an emphasis on volume scale-up and safe working practices. The Graphene Application Centre integrates with CPI’s existing Printable Electronics and Formulation Centres in NETPark.
Regarding intellectual property, any intellectual property developed by GC in its joint development agreement with CPI will be owned by GC. Any tangential or other intellectual property or know-how developed may be used by CPI. Any pre-existing background intellectual property used for these contracts remains owned by the respective party.