Dr Arnab Basu, the chief executive of Sedgefield-based Kromek Group plc has been honoured with the highest accolade bestowed by the Institute of Physics (IOP), an honorary fellowship.
The IOP is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. The honorary fellowship is the highest accolade it offers, to reflect an individual’s exceptional services to physics.
Dr Basu has been recognised by the IOP for: ‘outstanding and ongoing contributions to business in the field of physics-based technological innovation, scientific advances of immeasurable significance, and commitment to the global advancement of security and our health.’
As founding chief executive of university spin-out, Kromek, Dr Basu has grown the company into a global market, exporting products to more than 40 countries, and employing in excess of 150 people, including at sites in Pennsylvania and California.
Kromek’s central aim is to deliver detection capabilities which make the world safer and healthier. Its developments cover sectors including radiation and nuclear detection for deployment in civil and defensive environments, and medical imaging for the early diagnosis of life-shortening or limiting conditions such as cancers and osteoporosis. Most recently, Kromek has diversified into biosecurity, developing the world’s first airborne covid-19 detection machine, as well as a broad-spectrum device which could be used to build national or global early warning system for pathogens, emergence and spread.
Dr Arnab Basu MBE DL, said: “It is tremendous honour to receive this prestigious recognition from the Institute of Physics and a testament to the exceptional dedication and ingenuity of my team at Kromek. We are all immensely proud of the work we do and the things we have achieved in delivering innovation to make the world safer and in helping people to live longer, healthier lives.”