NanoKTN Disseminates Success of Technology Strategy Board Co-Funded Project

Plessey Announces Details of New Product Developed Through Government Funded PPM2 Programme

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The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN -, one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of a product developed by a UK-based semiconductor manufacturer, as part of a project co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board. Through support offered by the NanoKTN and JEMI UK, Plessey Semiconductorshas been able to promote its product directly to key audiences and potential end-users, vital in the early stages of the product's marketing.

The aim of the Precision Passive Component Design and Manufacture in Micro Module Electronics project (PPM2), which was co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, was to encourage the integration of precision passive components into advanced packaging schemes, enabling improved product performance. Plessey Semiconductors, one of the UK-based companies that has benefited from the project, used the funding to support the development of its latest product range, the award-winning Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor which, optimised for use as an ECG sensor, promises to save money and provide a resolution as good as or better than conventional electrodes.

To promote the product and outcomes from the project, Plessey Semiconductors and JEMI UK, organised a technical visit to its facilities in Plymouth to disseminate outcomes from the PPM2 project and to launch the EPIC sensor which enables ECG monitoring in mobile phone applications.

The meeting enabled delegates to discuss opportunities for the UK supply chain and IC manufactures to utilise these techniques in their own devices.

The NanoKTN played a key role in disseminating results from the PPM2 project and encouraged a number of potential end-users for Plessey's products developed through the programme, to attend the event and hear more about the potential benefits. By disseminating the outcomes to key audiences via the NanoKTN's website and the NanoKTN's extensive database of contacts, key target audiences were brought together in a personal setting to network and develop business relationships.

"Building relationships and contacts within relevant industries is vital to companies in the early stages of commercial development, enabling them to build connections and to raise their profile nationally and overseas. We hope that by helping to disseminate outcomes from this project, that UK businesses will come together and look at ways of using the intelligence gathered throughout the programme," explained Dr Alec Reader, Director at the NanoKTN.

Reader adds, "The success of the EPIC Sensor, just one of the products developed during the PPM2 project, is a fantastic story, not only for Plessey Semiconductors, but also for the UK supply chain and the Technology Strategy Board, whose funding has directly resulted in the development of another innovative UK product. Choosing the right call is important for UK companies and at the NanoKTN we are committed to assisting our members in making the best possible decisions to ensure we continue to see inward investment into the UK micro and nanotechnology markets."

The NanoKTN's primary aim is to encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer between key players in industry, as well as start-ups and SMEs. The NanoKTN is dedicated to helping its members understand how to write a successful proposal and identify suitable partnerships for collaborative work.

Further information about the NanoKTN can be found at or by emailing

Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.

About NanoKTN:

The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.

About JEMI UK:

JEMI UK is the Joint Equipment and Materials Initiative; a non- profit organisation, representing more than 55 companies and form part of a network of organisations throughout Europe. JEMI UK was founded to promote the development of a strong infrastructure to support the growth of companies in the Semiconductor supplier industry, while ensuring that the interests of manufacturers and suppliers within the industry are properly represented. As part of the value added services offered to its members, JEMI organises technical visits to major semiconductor facilities across the UK and Europe to encourage member to member networking.

About The Technology Strategy Board:

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit

About Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs):

KTNs have been set up by government, industry and academia to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and the science base. They bring together diverse organisations and provide activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in these communities.

The first KTNs were set up in 2005 and the network continues to grow. They are active in sectors, technologies and market-based areas and they interact strongly with the government's Technology Programme and overall technology strategy.

About CPI

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and part of the government's High Value Manufacturing Catapult. CPI offers market and technology expertise along with cutting-edge development assets to help its public and private sector clients build and prototype the next generation of products, processes and services quickly and efficiently, and with minimal risk. CPI has the capability to develop products and processes for companies working in the pharma, chemical, energy, transportation and printable electronics markets. Cutting-edge facilities are manned by commercially experienced scientists and engineers, and are equipped with development laboratories, prototyping facilities and pilot plants that enable clients to prove and scale up processes from the laboratory stage through to commercial reality. CPI also offers a multi-disciplined team who work together on project management, investment and market opportunities to ensure each business fulfils its potential
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