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Core programme events

We are delighted to welcome Graham Hillier BMet, PhD, Ceng, FIMMM, FRSA, the Director of Strategy and Futures at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to the Maxwell Centre. Graham will share his experience on the art and science of converting existing inventions and ideas into practical products or processes, and run an interactive session introducing the Innovation Integrator methodology for commercialisation of research. 

This event will be particularly of interest to you if you are keen to understand the challenges and steps involved in successfully delivering commercial innovation.

Programme of the event

11:00     Lecture: Innovation to Commercialisation- Innovation Integrator

12:00     Lunch and Discussion

13:00    Interactive session with an Innovation Integrator case study


The places for this event are limited by its interactive character, please book early to avoid dissapointment. The event is opened to Cambridge researchers and PhD students, Impulse programme alumni, and representatives of Cambridge tech spinouts. The event is free of charge, but registration is essential, please secure your ticket here:



Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

CPI is a UK-based technology innovation centre leading independent technology innovation centre and a founding member of the UK Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult. CPI acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace. We do this by connecting our customers with the right experts, equipment, facilities, networks, funding and more – joining the dots for effective innovation. We are over 450 scientists, engineers, and business specialists working with our partners across diverse markets in the UK and around the world, driving their innovations forward and helping them to reduce the risk and cost associated with product development. CPI hosts a number of focussed centres in Biotechnology, Formulations, Printed and Flexible Electronics Biologics and Photonics. As a translational organisation we use applied knowledge in science and engineering, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, to enable our industry clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale-up the next generation of products and processes.  

Innovation Integrator®

The CPI is helping university spin-out and SME companies plan for long-term growth and helping to build an innovation ecosystem that supports the creation of impact. Its diagnostic Innovation Integrator® model is being used to support research commercialisation and develop entrepreneurship. CPI’s Innovation Integrator® allows businesses to validate and establish robust strategies by highlighting product, process and technology gaps that must be addressed to enable progression from invention to commercialisation. The model helps to create a plan to de-risk and lower the cost of innovation, while building a company’s value and investor confidence by identifying potential barriers and bottlenecks to growth across 11 factors, such as assets, market need and intellectual property. The CPI Innovation Integrator® model has been tested on a wide range of clients such as start-up’s, SME’s and large corporates. The insights provided by the model have been used to help companies to move from ‘Invention’, through ‘Innovation’ to ‘Commercialisation’.


Thursday, 26 September, 2019 - 11:00 to 14:00