Nanusens, a market-disrupting microelectronics specialist opened its UK Headquarters within EPIC (Electronics & Photonics Innovation Centre) in Paignton earlier this year, with support from the Heart of the South West LEP ERDF Soft Landings grant and a loan through the Torbay Council Economic Growth Fund.
Nanusens develop MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensor structures that are up to ten times smaller than competitive technologies. This enables its award-winning sensors, which can be used in everyday items such as earbuds and smartphones, to make additional space for larger batteries and additional features.
Working with the Department of International Trade and the TDA, the Nanusens enquiry came to the region through the High Potential Opportunity programme. This is a unique designation that sets out the capability and opportunity that exists to foreign owned photonics & electronics companies looking to expand into the area. Nanusens are now firmly within the heart of the Torbay Hi-Tech Cluster and are already collaborating with others.
Nanusens CEO, Dr. Josep Montanyà i Silvestre, said: “This is an amazing area to locate a business like ours. We have access to amazing facilities within EPIC and are excited about the prospect of collaborating with the businesses that are already here. Torbay Council, TDA and Heart of the South-West LEP have been very supportive so far with helping us make this move.”
The grant funding has enabled Nanusens to begin recruiting three high level engineers in their Paignton site to continue the research and development of their technology and ultimately grow the engineering team within the centre.