Department Graduate heads up new £38 million Centre

The Government recently announced that The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) will establish and manage a new £38 million centre to encourage innovative solutions in the UK healthcare market. Nigel Perry FREng, who has an MA in Engineering Science from this Department (St Peter’s College, Oxford), is Chief Executive of CPI.

Nigel Perry FREngThe National Biologics Industrial Innovation Centre (NBIIC) will be a large open access facility that will assist companies of all sizes in the proving and scaling-up of processes to manufacture new biologic medicines such as antibodies and vaccines. The centre is part of the Government’s ‘Strategy for UK Life Sciences’ launched in 2011 to strengthen the UK’s life-science sector.  The NBIIC will support the commercialisation of research by promoting collaboration between academia, the National Health Service and industry.

Nigel said: “This is hugely significant for the vitally important pharmaceutical industry in the UK.  It is also hugely significant for CPI and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and underlines the Government's commitment to support manufacturing in the UK. The Centre will bridge the gap in biologic capability between research and manufacturing”.

Nigel is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the global Process Industry.  He spent over 20 years with ICI, enjoying an international career in engineering, operations, technology management, and project and business management, gaining experience in Asia, Europe and the US, building up a significant strength in the management of technology programmes and project management.

From ICI he joined PwC Consulting focussing on the development, consolidation and evolution of the European High Technology Sector including the adoption and emergence of new technologies, and new business models and new entrants.

He was appointed a Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Process Innovation in 2003.  He has taken the company from start-up, to today where it employs over 170 high calibre scientists and engineers and is recognised internationally as a world-class resource supporting the Process Industry in sustainable processing, industrial biotechnology and printable electronics.  The company is widely viewed as an exemplar of the public and private sectors working together to establish innovation supply chains in new technologies, a vital competence much needed in the UK which has been recognised by CPI becoming part of the Government’s first elite Technology and Innovation Centre in High Value Manufacturing.

He is a Fellow and past Technical Vice President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.

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