National Physical Laboratory

Annual Review 2016

On a daily basis NPL delivers extraordinary impact and benefits UK prosperity and quality of life. In the 2016 Annual Review you will see many examples of excellent measurement science and engineering.

You will read about the four key areas that have been identified on which measurement can have the biggest impact: advanced manufacturing; digital and quantum technologies; energy and environment; life sciences and health; and about many great successes we have had in these areas.

You may have seen that an NPL-led consortium was one of four winning teams in the £100M Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge which aims to overcome the biggest challenges in cancer research. The team, led by NPL's Josephine Bunch, will develop a 'Google Earth' for tumours, which could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

This is a great example of how NPL is leading the world in its chosen fields. In fact, in 2016, an independent review of NPL's science and engineering portfolio was conducted, which concluded that the majority is considered to be internationally-leading and all science areas perform at an internationally-competitive level.

We create impact from science. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we enjoy doing it.

Dr Peter Thompson
Chief Executive Officer

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