A4I Success

Fantastic Year for Analysis for Innovators Programme delivering Impact for Businesses

As 2019 draws to a close, we look back at another year of Analysis for Innovators programme (A4I) success stories.

NPL is a partner in the Analysis for Innovators Programme (A4I) run by Innovate UK. In this unique scheme, companies have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists to overcome their analysis and measurement problems and boost their productivity.

Through the initiative, companies pitch their problem and are matched with a laboratory with the capability to resolve it. A4I helps NPL to understand the challenges industries have and allows our scientists to work closely with businesses and resolve real-world problems.

Through A4I NPL has helped companies to:

  • Get products to market quicker or take products to new markets.
  • Secure price premiums for their products, which for one company, delivered £17.5 million of sales.
  • Secure patents and future investment. For one start-up this created their first £5 million licensing deal

In our first round of A4I…

10 companies

Reported improved productivity

7 companies

Reported the improvement of creation of new products

10 companies

Reported a reduction in time it takes to get their product to market

2 companies

Reported they had greater private sector investment

10 patents

Reported they applied for or were granted patents


Find out more about A4I from our customers:

Mark Evans, Chief Executive Officer for Adaptix Medical Imaging, is working towards bringing low cost, low-dose 3D imaging to patients and worked with NPL’s surface technology scientists.

Rupert English, Chief Executive Officer for SteelRock Technologies, is developing counter technology for the unmanned aerial vehicle (drones) sector and worked with NPL’s 5G & Future Communications Technology scientists.

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19 Dec 2019