• FFEI wins IOP award for business innovation

    Awarded for a combination of imaging technologies for the Roche Ventana DP 200 Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) scanner


FFEI is awarded the IOP innovation award for a combination of imaging technologies for the Roche Ventana DP 200 Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) scanner. 


October 16th, 2019 – FFEI Ltd, the global developer of award-winning digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Institute of Physics (IOP) has recognised FFEI for the development of advanced whole slide imaging technology in the field of digital pathology, by awarding the IOP Business Innovation Award 2019.

The IOP Business Innovation Award specifically recognises and celebrates companies that have excelled in innovation, delivering significant economic and/or societal impact through the application of physics. FFEI were just one of five businesses winning the Innovation Awards from the IOP, with representatives from the company receiving their award at a Parliamentary reception in London on 16th October 2019.

FFEI’s Martin Gouch, Chief Scientist, Bill Hawes, Integration Manager and Andy Cook, CEO, were proud to receive the award at the Houses of Parliament

As cited by the IOP, the award is in recognition of FFEI’s development of advanced whole slide-imaging technology used within the Roche Ventana DP 200 scanner. The technology enables the generation of ultra-high resolution colour calibrated digital images, which has enabled the wider adoption of digital pathology in human tissue clinical cancer diagnostics. This is helping to save lives by dramatically reducing cycle times to diagnosis.

FFEI developed three new capabilities to increase the speed, quality and accuracy of digital images produced – focus tracking, colour profiling and mechanical accuracy.

Andy Cook, CEO at FFEI was joined by special guests Michael Rivers and Joachim Schmid from Roche Tissue Diagnostics, along with Sir Mike Penning local MP.

Andy CookCEO of FFEI, said on winning this award, “I’m delighted that our development team have been recognised with this Innovation award from the IOP. Over the past 15 years we have been investing heavily in creating new technologies for improving the application of digital pathology. As a UK based SME it’s very satisfying to see these technology investments achieving commercial success through our global partners’ products.”

Institute of Physics President, Jonathan Flint, said, “The application of physics has the potential to produce cutting-edge technologies, and to drive business innovation and growth. It also fuels significant positive societal and economic transformation, both locally and globally.”

Dr. Joachim H. Schmid, VP, R&D at Roche Tissue Diagnostics commented, “As a result of our great collaboration with FFEI, Roche Diagnostics is able to deliver industry leading image quality in the VENTANA DP 200 slide scanner. Roche Diagnostics commitment to investing in UK healthcare and innovation in Digital Pathology has brought us one-step closer to delivering personalised healthcare, benefiting cancer patients in the UK.”

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics, and the leading body for practising physicists, in the UK and Ireland.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament at an evening recognising entrepreneurship and excellence in physics and innovation.


The Institute of Physics (IOP)

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. It seeks to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, the IOP’s mission is to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

How the IOP supports physics in business

Physics-based businesses and physicists working in business are a valued and vital part of the physics community. The IOP Accelerator, the IOP’s affordable and fully-serviced workspace in King’s Cross, is available to entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses bringing physics-based innovation to market in any sector. Find out more about the IOP Accelerator here

The IOP also provides support through its Business Innovation and Growth Group, a member-led special interest group which supports individuals and businesses of all sizes, as well as entrepreneurs taking ideas to market.

The IOP Business Awards

The Business Awards recognise the significant contribution that physicists and physics make in industry across all sectors and at all stages – from start-ups to multi-national corporations. The awards are a celebration of entrepreneurship, excellence in innovation and the successful use of physics in a product or service.

More information about the IOP Business Awards here