Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working with photonics in life sciences, can benefit from the support offered by CPI and other European partners as part of the Horizon 2020 project - EPRISE (Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe).
The 30-month project, which finished in June 2019, focussed on removing barriers to commercialisation for SMEs specialising in photonics, across four market sectors: medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture.
The EPRISE project involved nine leading European photonics innovation groups and aimed to improve access to expertise, technology and funding for photonics product development. One of the project’s outcomes was creating the Photonics Companies Database, which maps industry and academic groups that perform photonics work in the above market sectors. The separate Experts Database enables companies to locate and access people with the specialist knowledge they need to progress to market, from business advice to expertise in target markets and photonics applications.
A “Go-To-Market” booklet has also been published, outlining the key market-entry challenges faced by companies in these market sectors, with specialist insights and advice on how to overcome them.
Cecilia Pinto, EPRISE Project Coordinator, said: “We are delighted with the development of these easily accessible online resources that can bolster the European photonics market. We hope that work from the EPRISE project leads to increased collaboration in the sector and easier access to valuable expertise, both of which can help to deliver new innovations in photonics.”
Tom Harvey, Healthcare Photonics Lead at CPI, said: “We are proud to have been part of this fantastic project, helping companies to overcome challenges associated with photonics commercialisation. Through work at the National Healthcare Photonics Centre, we will continue to facilitate commercialisation of new photonics products that can deliver tangible benefits to patients.”
The project has been funded by the European Commission through the ICT part of the Horizon 2020 Programme in collaboration with Photonics21.