Cervical Cancer Diagnostics

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Impact Summary for the General Public

Through research carried out under an EPSRC Teaching Company (KTP) award, we assisted an SME, CellPath, to develop the capacity to manufacture a novel set of dyes (Ortho Stains) for use in the Papanicolaou cervical smear test and other histological procedures. The company, previously mainly known for manufacture and sales of laboratory plastics etc, rapidly become the UK market leader in cytology stains, with over 50% of the domestic market, and exports to Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the USA. As a result the company has increased turnover by 400% and the workforce has grown from 5 to 65 employees.

Category of impact

  • Technological
  • Health/Quality of life