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TFI Appoints Dr Graham Dransfield as Partner and Director

December 2007

St Ives, Cambridgeshire



Dr Graham Dransfield, a recognised expert in the commercialisation of nanoparticles has agreed to join the TFI Board and become a partner in the company. Graham has been working with the TFI team as an Associate since 2005 and has played a key role in the growth of our business in Yorkshire and the North East.


Graham is an experienced Technical Manager. He has strong inter-personal and networking abilities. He is a recognised expert in the field of exploitation of nanoparticles, particularly for the advanced ceramics and personal care markets.

Graham has excellent project management skills, developed through a wealth of experience in industry. Graham is an evaluator for the DTI Micronanotechnology Network (MNT) and Yorkshire Forward Collaborative Research Programmes 2004/2005.

"Graham has shown outstanding commitment to the development of our business over the last year and I am delighted to have him join our senior management team."

commented Dr Malcolm Wilkinson, Managing Director of TFI.


TFI Strengthens Associate Consultant Network

December 2007

St Ives, Cambridgeshire



Dr Amir R Mirza, a veteran of the MEMS industry has joined TFI as an Associate Consultant. With 20 years of MEMS industrial experience with top US companies including Honeywell, GE and Motorola Dr Mirza's broad experience includes the design, development and manufacturing of a wide variety of MEMS products. He also has significant technical marketing and product management experience, and can assist companies requiring interim executive management.


Dr Malcolm Wilkinson, Managing Director of TFI commented:



"We are delighted that Dr Mirza is joining our team. He brings uptodate and in-depth knowledge of high tech industry in the US. His product and technology experience complements our existing base in emerging and disruptive technologies."



Brief Biography



Dr Mirza has been involved in the MEMS industry for 20 years. Most recently he served as an International Product Manager for SUSS MicroTec, a $200 million public company providing capital equipment for the MEMS and Advanced Packaging markets. Dr Mirza's extensive experience includes the development of a wide variety of silicon micromachined products - such as accelerometers, gyros, pressure sensors, optical MEMS and microfluidic devices.


He has held engineering and management positions with Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell, Motorola and GE. At GE NovaSensor he served as Director of Advanced Technologies responsible for both MEMS design and process development. Prior to joining SUSS MicroTec, Dr Mirza was at Innovative Micro Technology in Santa Barbara, CA - the largest independent MEMS foundry worldwide, where he held program management responsibilities for new product information.


Dr Mirza has authored many technical papers, trade articles and several patents in the field of silicon micromachined devices. He has also participated as a speaker at MEMS industry events including a recent live Webinar hosted by Solid State Technology magazine, and has served on the Editorial Board of Advanced Packaging magazine.





TFI Beta Tests the Latest On-Line Software Tools for IPR Pipeline Management

July 2007

St Ives, Cambridgeshire



One of the biggest challenges for IPR portfolio managers in universities, research institutes and commercial R&D departments is to decide which opportunities are worthy of investment - both in their time and money. It is not just a matter of 'cherry picking' the potential winners but also a need to filter out the dross in a fair and equitable manner so that inventors are handled in a sensitive fashion when their pet project is put in the bin. Cassiano Insyteis a new tool undergoing testing that can solve this problem.


Dr Malcolm Wilkinson, Managing Director of TFI commented:



"TFI has been priviledged to gain access to this tool in its late stage testing and we are delighted with the results so far."



Cassiano combines a database of market intelligence and analysis with an easy to use front-end user interface to create a truly 'expert system'. The output reports are just what the IPR portfolio manager needs to rank the commercialisation potential of the opportunities coming through the commercialisation pipeline.




TFI Office Relocation

April 2007

St Ives, Cambridgeshire



As of 1 April, Technology for Industry (TFI) has a new office in the centre of the market town of St Ives. This move has brought us closer to Cambridge and is giving our staff a taste of town living after being way out in the Fens for the past 5 years.


The move will also help our clients as we will be much closer to the main road and rail networks. The office is just off the A14 and about 6 miles from the A1. St Ives doesn’t have a railway station but the old railway line will soon be converted into a new commuting link into Cambridge by guided bus.

As many of our clients have already noticed, Kevin Yallup and Malcolm Wilkinson are also spending increasing amounts of time ‘up North’. A high proportion of our business is in Yorkshire and the Northeast working with industrial clients and major Universities. To better serve our clients in the North, TFI is establishing a base in Sheffield in the office of the TFI spin-out company, Kirkstall Ltd. This office is right in the heart of Sheffield in the University Bioincubator, just across the street from the Innovation Centre and a 5 minute walk from the Kroto Institute.

The full contact details of our new offices are as follows:

St Ives Office

Technology for Industry Ltd
6 Cromwell Mews
Station Road
St Ives
PE27 5HJ

Telephone: 01480 466550
Fax: 01480 467354

Sheffield Office

Technology for Industry Ltd
C/O Kirkstall Ltd
Sheffield Bioincubator
40 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

Telephone: 0114 222 4550
Fax: 0114 222 4551


TFI Achieves Successful Industrial Engagement for the Nanofactory

November 2006

St Ives, Cambridgeshire



TFI has just completed a marketing campaign for the Yorkshire Nanofactory during which 11 high profile members have been signed up including blue chip companies such as Rolls Royce and Filtronic as well as innovative start up companies like Authentix and Drug Delivery Solutions.

Nanofactory is a portal showcase connecting providers of nanoscience and microtechnology based in Yorkshire and Humber regions with other regional, national and international communities and users. It brings together seven key universities, with the aim of using their fundamental research resources and expertise to develop nanomaterials into real and viable commercial products for businesses to the consumer market.

TFI has been working in partnership with the Nanofactory since 2004. Dr Malcolm Wilkinson, Managing Director of TFI commented:

"The Nanofactory provides and excellent flow of information to companies concerning how nanotechnology will impact their business it also gives them a way to engage with some of the UK's leading research groups. An unexpected benefit has been the level of cross-disciplinary activity and synergy between the various industrial members."


For more information about Nanofactory please contact TFI directly or visit Nanofactory's website.


TFI Supports Successful £10M Bid For New Plastic Electronics Centre in UK

November 2006

St Ives, Cambridgeshire


A £10M project that will put the NE England region at the forefront of revolutionary plastic electronic technology has been approved.


One NorthEast and County Durham Economic Partnership is investing a combined £6.2M with ERDF (European Reconstruction & Development Fund) making up the rest of the investment for the facility, based at NETPark in County Durham and managed by Cenamps - a national centre for emerging small scale technologies. The DTI is contributing a further £2.1M to be invested in the first platform installation in the centre.


TFI are proud to have been involved in the Plastics Electronics Technology Centre from the initial concept through to the completion of the detailed business case. We firmly believe that this project will make the NE England region a world beater in plastic electronics technology.


Dr Malcolm Wilkinson, Managing Director of TFI commented:



"We helped to build the consortium and broker a mutually beneficial deal that was fair and equitable across the partners. Our independence and in-depth knowledge of the technology and markets was an invaluable asset."



The centre, the first of its kind, will establish the region as a global leader in the application of plastic electronics research, making specialised facilities and expertise available to companies seeking to develop new products and services for use in a wide range of markets.


PETeC is a major facility that will provide hi-tech clean rooms, prototyping facilities and laboratories for a range of projects emerging from Newcastle Science City and for companies and universities carrying out pioneering work in the field of plastic electronics, a revolutionary new technology that independent forecasts predict will be a £30bn industry by 2015 and balloon to a £250bn industry by 2025.



TFI Completes a Mapping Study of the Region's Chemical Using Companies for Yorkshire Forward

November 2006

St Ives, Cambridgeshire



TFI has just completed a study to map the details of the products and services, technology platforms and core capabilities of the Yorkshire and Humberside Chemical Using Industries. This extensive peice of work has taken several months to complete and has resulted in a detailed snapshot of the industries in the region.


Yorkshire Forward, together with Yorkshire Chemical Focus and Humber Chemical Focus commissioned the study from TFI to find out how they can best help to create business opportunities for the companies in the region. The survey built on previous surveys which were focussed on getting a good understanding of the general economic picture of the chemical using industries in the region.


The results will be used by Yorkshire Forward to signpost enquiries, help companies to take advantage of partnering opportunities, help companies to access new markets and to better understand the linkages between the technologies practised by the companies and the markets they serve.


At the same time Yorkshire Forward will be carrying out a study of the region's 'academic' science base and will combine the results with the main study to help direct current programmes and identify extra actions.




TFI Wins Contract to Provide Consultancy Services to Epigem Ltd

October 2006

St Ives, Cambridgeshire


TFI has won a long term contract to provide consultancy services to Epigem Ltd, an SME based in Redcar, NE England.


Epigem Ltd develops and manufactures a wide range of polymer micro-devices. Products include lab-on-a-chip and micro-optical devices and ultra high resolution flexible PCB's. Applications include medical, biotechnology, displays, RFID sensors, electronics, telecommunications and packaging.


Epigem has recently been awarded a £4M grant by the DTI and One North East (NE England Regional Development Agency) to create the Fluence application centre for advanced polymer microfluidics devices.


Epigem have awarded TFI the contract to assist with scaling up Epigem's flexible substrate technology from a low-medium volume batch process to a high volume reel-reel process. The goal is to establish a first generation pilot line that will demonstrate the capabilities of Epigem's technology for high volume, large area manufacturing and enable supply of substantial volumes of devices.


The project includes specification, selection and purchase of key manufacturing tools and process optimisation to ensure that the existing discrete batch process runs at high yield in a reel-reel environment. TFI is drawing on its considerable experience in optimising technologies for high volume manufacturing to assist with this project.




DTI Global Watch Report

June 2006

St Ives, Cambridgeshire


TFI organised and led the DTI Global Watch Mission on the development, production and delivery of high volume products in the Netherlands and Germany. The objective of the mission was to increase awareness of commercial benefits of the application of microfluidics technologies in UK industry.


During the course of the mission in April 2006 the UK team held five days of meetings with over 22 academic and industrial groups in the Netherlands and Germany involved with the commercialisation of microfluidics technology. The mission concentrated on chemical, pharmaceutical, household goods and personal care sectors.


During the course of the mission the team encountered significant evidence of commercial activity in the medical device sector in both Germany and the Netherlands. Both the Netherlands and Germany have world-leading activities in the commercialisation of microfluidics.


This report summarises the findings of the mission and gives an insight into the advanced state of development and application of microfluidics in a number of sectors in both the Netherlands and Germany.



You can view the DTI Global Mission Report Here.











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