Lucideon Looks To UK’s Scientific Heartlands With New Site in Cambridge
International materials development consultancy Lucideon is continuing on a growth curve with the opening of new offices in Cambridge Science Park.
Operating as Lucideon Cambridge Polymer Limited, the new site will be the hub of development of novel polymer systems for high value applications in industry, particularly in the healthcare sector.
Lucideon develops cutting-edge materials technologies for sectors including medical devices, ceramics and nuclear. Current work includes the development of field-enhanced processing technology to reduce the energy used to produce ceramics, inorganic controlled release technologies for the healthcare industries, and a new technology, MIDAR, which can be used to encapsulate nuclear industry waste.
The decision to have a base in Europe’s longest-serving and largest centre for commercial research and development forms part of Lucideon’s ambitious expansion plans, which include opening offices in North Carolina, Turkey, Japan and Australia.
Tony Kinsella, Chief Executive at Lucideon, said: “As our strategy for the future is based on innovation and developing cutting-edge technologies it seemed a natural move for us to be part of the thriving and energetic science, engineering and business communities that exist in the greater Cambridge area.”
Lucideon has worked with, and continues to work with, the University of Cambridge on numerous research projects, including EU-funded R&D. The company has also sponsored post doctorate places at the university for some years.
The Cambridge office will be headed up by Dr Xiang Zhang – a Royal Society Industrial Fellow – with scientists and engineers from Lucideon working there on secondment initially.
In line with the company’s plans to hire 100 new staff over the next three years, new roles will be added at the office. Lucideon also hopes to strengthen links with the high-tech sector companies within the area.
Mr Kinsella added: “We already have close links with the scientific excellence of the University of Cambridge through the work of our Head of Medical Materials, Dr Xiang Zhang – and we can only see this strengthening with the opening of the new office.”