Technology and Innovation Centre
99 George Street
Executive Director: Simon Andrews
Company Secretary: Iona Dott
Turnover: £3 million
Number of staff: 27 (plus 19 postdoctoral students)
Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd (a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, established March 2012) is the legal entity which oversees all Fraunhofer Research Centres in the UK and provides central headquarter administration, finance and other support for research centres.
The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics – Fraunhofer CAP – is the first Fraunhofer research centre in the UK and was established through a partnership between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics and the University of Strathclyde and its Institute of Photonics (IoP) research unit. (following an invitation from UK Government in 2009).
Fraunhofer CAP undertakes direct contract R&D for industry and collaborative research projects with H2020 or InnovateUK type support. The main activities of Fraunhofer CAP include applied research, development, prototyping and small-scale pre-production of photonic and sensor-based technologies. These activities will be carried out for the benefit of UK industry. Fraunhofer trains a large cohort of PhD and EngD students for industry.
Core expertise includes:
- Laser sources and systems
- Sensor and imaging systems
- Fibre optic lasers, sensors and waveguide devices
As photonics is an enabling technology, a wide range of applications and market sectors are addressed, including:
- Quantum technologies
- Renewable energy
- Lifescience and healthcare
The Fraunhofer BioMedical Technologies department specialises in stem cell production technologies and is based on the Babraham Institute Campus near Cambridge.