On 27th January 2022 Kromek hosted its first Emerging Technology and Future Concepts Showcase at the Royal Academy of Engineering in central London. The event was designed both to demonstrate the breadth of Kromek’s radiological and biological detection capabilities to a wide range of audiences and to provide a forum for constructive debate with a range of different stakeholders.
The morning session was focussed towards investor and capital market analysts. Chief Executive Arnab Basu welcomed attendees and outlined his vision for the next phase of the company’s evolution and his global ambitions. This was followed by the first guest speaker Lt Col (Ret) Steven Webber, the Senior Technical Manager to the Nuclear Team at the US Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), to brief the audience on the situational context of the radiation threat. As the driving force behind the development and acquisition of the D3S detector, Lt Col Webber was also able to explain how the relationship between Kromek and its significant American customers had evolved.
Kromek’s Business Manager for CBRN, Craig Duff, presented the portfolio of Kromek’s radiation detectors, including the new D5 RIID, which is the smallest, lightest and most sensitive hand-held detector on the market.
Then the emphasis switched to Kromek’s biological detection capabilities. Biological warfare expert Col (Ret) Hamish de Bretton-Gordon described some of the challenges the world faces from biological weapons and pathogens, such as Covid-19. Kromek’s head of Biotechology, Jamie Marsay, then outlined the importance of bio-detection and discussed Kromek’s growing strength in this field and various development of technologies and product platforms.
In the afternoon session, the guest speakers and Kromek presenters went into considerable technical and specialist detail about their range of products and capabilities and the innovation process within Kromek. The audience included representatives from AWE, DSTL, DE&S, the Defence CBRN Centre, the Department of Trade and other interested parties. In addition to presentations from Lt Col (Ret) Steven Webber and Col (Ret) Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, Sir Michael Fallon spoke of the importance of SMEs and the contribution they make to the UK’s industrial capability and in driving innovation within the security and defence industries.
In the early evening, Kromek held a reception at the same venue, where members of the defence specialist and financial media were briefed on Kromek’s products and technologies.
The day closed with a dinner at The Reform Club, in which the Kromek senior leadership team were joined by a select group of senior politicians, academics and CBRN experts, to discuss options for an industrial, national and global response to the growing biological threat.