New consortium for emerging high-tech companies

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A new consortium has been formed in the UK to engage with emerging technologies companies in the MEMS, biomedical, control electronics, remote sensing and advanced technologies sectors.

The founding group consists of: the Institute for System Level Integration (iSLI), who perform MEMS R&D; the Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC), who house technology R&D facilities for home-grown companies; Optocap, who provide hi-tech device packaging; and Photonix, a microsystems production facility.

Tony Harker, CEO of iSLI, says: ‘Emerging companies will have access to key expertise which may have previously been difficult to find.’ In addition, it will provide an interface between academic and commercial engineering organisations.

It will also prove to be beneficial for the founding companies, helping them to come into contact with new clients. David Ruxton, chief executive of Optocap, says: ‘This collaboration will allow Optocap to address a broader range of technologies and applications.

This collaboration between four specialist companies sits at the critical interface between the academic and commercial engineering worlds; the benefits to emerging technologies companies will be felt throughout the commercial sector.