Science Industry Partnership

11 Feb 2020

A new advanced imaging centre will receive £81 million government support

Government backs new advanced imaging centre that will generate precise 3D images of the internal structure of objects.

Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and Physics Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland attended the opening today (11th February 2020) of the £81m Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC). 

A new advanced imaging centre will receive £81 million government support, housing super-bright lasers to produce state-of-the-art 3D X-rays in just 40 seconds.

This will help speed up the development of new medical treatments, bring down the cost of manufacturing and identify design improvements.

This technology will be available to UK businesses at the new Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) in Oxfordshire. This could benefit pharmaceuticals to airplane wings, batteries for electric vehicles or even artificial organs – boosting the UK’s manufacturing sector, including across health and medicine.

Science Minister Chris Skidmore said:

"Today’s launch of the £81 million advanced imaging centre will enhance the UK’s leading role in laser technology, including revolutionising medical imaging.

I’m especially delighted to be launching the centre with Physics Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland – only the third woman in history to achieve this award – on International Day of Women and Girls in Science."

Physics Nobel Prize Winner Donna Strickland said:

"Science education helps develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking necessary to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. When we encourage girls and women to engage with science, they bring more diversity to science and fresh perspectives that can only help in finding innovative solutions."