A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses



Making light work for industry

The UK is rich in small companies developing novel technologies across all application areas in photonics ? a huge underpinning sector that?s at the cutting edge of several fast growing markets. The world-wide market for photonics is expected to exceed £1Trillion by 2013 and the UK is poised to take its share of this with innovative companies punching above their weight through novel IP.

?Our vision is to make the UK photonics industry a beacon of successful wealth creation from knowledge. To fulfil this vision we need to support existing small companies to help them grow, and seed the formation of new companies that can fully exploit the UK?s internationally recognised excellence in photonics innovation.?

Alastair Wilson, Director of the Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network

Amongst our activities we have:

  • mapped the photonic capabilities in the UK?fund out who does what in photonics and how they can be contacted

  • created a funding map?do you need help in funding funding? Do you investin technology companies?

  • set up a training portal?an industry needs trained staff at every level, we can connect providers to consumers

  • With a reach that extends around the globe, we are the voice of the UK photonics community to government, and the one-stop-shop for people who want to make connections in UK photonics.

Laser Applications

Lasers are ubiquitous, from small devices inside CD players, to large devices capable of large scale sheet metal cutting. The world-wide market for this already exceeds $10Bn per annum, and is still growing at 8%. Lasers open up whole new possibilities for manufacturing, and are vital to new industries working in the micro- and nano-scale.


Looking for state-of-the-art communications technology? You need photonics. Our remit includes the whole supply chain, and devices ranging from bre-optical components to lasers. Next Generation Broadband Access? This will need photonics devices across the networks?and right into the home.

Medical Applications

Another discipline where photonics technology is opening new doors, from bre-optic laser surgery, to dentistry to novel imaging techniques, photonics devices are giving doctors new tools for healthcare. New technologies are allowing clinicians to diagnose problems by looking at the retina, and photodynamic therapy is unlocking whole new treatment regimes for cancer patients, with stunning success.