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7-10 May 2017: The 5th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Italy

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IBST is a member of Medilink South West, the region’s life science industry network.

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Welcome to the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

Bio-sensing technologies are of increasing importance in healthcare, agri-food, environmental and security sectors, and this is reflected in the continued growth of global markets for such technologies.

The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology (IBST), the first of its type in the UK, aims to develop academic/industrial partnerships to address the technological challenges posed by each of these sectors - from the development of novel technology for detection and measurement of biological systems to the integration of biological systems into novel sensing technology.

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IBST Technology Showcase Event held at Leigh Court on 3rd March brought a taste of the innovation coming from Universities and companies in the South West. Innovation is the driving force behind new product, particularly in the health and life science sectors and this event gave research groups and companies the opportunity to showcase their innovation to an audience of academics, researchers and companies.  A friendly expert panel gave advice on business development, funding, regulatory issues and internationalisation. Following the event there was the opportunity to network and discuss developing projects or to seek partners to develop impact for existing research.

Three of the companies who showcased their innovation went on to win an award at the preceding Medilink SW Awards and Dinner that evening: Sockson, Ultramed and Physicool.

2016 Business & Innovation AwardsMedilinkSW 2016 Winners

Members of the South West Life Science and Healthcare community celebrated the achievements of the sector at the Medilink SW 2016 Business & Innovation Awards. Richard Luxton, Chair of Medilink South West presided over proceedings at Leigh Court and welcomed over 100 attendees to the event, who were keen to recognise the work of organisations from the sector and honour their accomplishments. Attendees got the chance to network during a mixology networking session before sitting down for dinner and the presentation ceremony. Carolyn Bruce Spencer, Managing Director, Medilink South West said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements and innovations of South West Lifescience and Healthcare companies. The well deserved winners will all go through to the Medilink UK Awards in April where they will receive recognition on the national stage which is incredibly exciting.” For details of the winners go to the MedilinkSW website.

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The 4th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology was attended by a growing community of scientists from 43 countries.  The 400, or so, delegates representing academia and industry came together at the Sheraton Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal to hear presentations and view posters from leading research groups and companies highlighting new advances and opportunities in bio-sensing technologies.  The conference was designed to enable networking to develop new contacts to explore research ideas and concepts.  The poster sessions were held on conjunction with an exhibition from companies showcasing their latest technologies supporting biosensor research and development. 

Nigel SilmanProfessor Nigel Silman of Public Health England gave the conference address on Biomarkers for detection of infectious disease pathogens. The second theme was addressed by the 2015 Bio-sensing lecture given by Professor Ian Craddock from Toshiba Research UK, who spoke on the future healthcare requirements. Other keynotes talks were from Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, Royal Academy of Engineering on sample preparation; Dr Cy Tamanaha U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on the integration of technologies in the evolution of a bio-sensing platform; Dr Micah Atkin MiniFAB, Australia on biosensor integration for real world products.

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IBST Welcomes 3 new Business Members:
Alvatek Ltd:UK distributor of software and equipment for electrochemistry research.
Whistonbrook Technologies Ltd: Designs and manufactures off-the-shelf, semi-custom, custom and prototype electrochemical equipment that meets your exact requirements.
ML Electronics Ltd: We are the UK’s go-to design house dedicated to outstanding bespoke, creative product design.
For details on their area of expertise click on the link above or go to the Business Members section.

On 23rd March 2015 the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology celebrated its 7th Anniversary and welcomed the University of Bristol in a new and exciting partnership. The celebrations took place on Board the SS Great Britain, where the Institute was first launched in 2008, with speeches from Prof Jane Harrington, Deputy Vice Chancellor UWE, Prof Nishan Canagarajah, Pro-Vice Chancellor Bristol and Sir Richard Needham, Director at Dyson and former Government Minister for Trade.

UWE Bristol to lead high-tech Enterprise Zone ... UWE Bristol has won government funding to set up one of four 'University Enterprise Zones' to be supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The Enterprise Zone will provide a business 'hatchery', incubation and grow on space for businesses specialising in robotics, biosciences, biomedicine and other high tech areas. It has been developed in collaboration with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and the University of Bristol with strong support from South Gloucestershire Council, the University of Bath and the West of England Academic Health Science Network.


IBST and the Technology Strategy Board attend Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the success of the UK Technology Industry.

Janice Kiely represented the Institute of Bio-sensing Technology at the UK Technology Industry reception which was held at Buckingham Palace on 9th June. The invitation came from the Duke of York who has a strong focus, through his work, in supporting Technology in the UK. The aim of the reception was to show-case the work of the Technology Sector to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Members of the royal family who attended the event were The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Kent and The Duke of Gloucester.

"It was a real honour to be invited to attend and to meet with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. It is wonderful that The Queen showed her support for the Technology Sector in the UK through this event and it was great that IBST could be part of this". Prof Janice Kiely, Director

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board and Prof Janice Kiely,
Director of IBST at Buckingham Palace

Advances in Analytical Chemistry Special Issue
Dr Kevin Honeychurch is the Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Advances in Analytical Chemistry. The special issue is focused on Recent Advances and Trends in Sensors and Biosensors and will cover both existing and future developments in this multidisciplinary field such as, chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology and physics; including areas such as signal processing, optoelectronics and magnetic systems.

More details on the scope and how to submit a paper are available at:


New Biosensors Special Issue: Magnetic Biosensors
The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology is delighted to announce that Professor Richard Luxton is the Guest Editor of the Biosensors Special Issue journal, 'Magnetic Biosensors'. This is an Open Access journal allowing unlimited and free access to readers. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 March 2014.
Find out more about the Biosensors Special Issue.

Nanosensors for Chemical and Biological Applications, 1st Edition
Sensing with Nanotubes, Nanowires and Nanoparticles Edited by Dr Kevin Honeychurch, Centre for Research in Biosciences

Key Features: Reviews the range electrochemical nanosensors, including the use of carbon nanotubes, glucose nanosensors, chemiresistor sensors using metal oxides, and nanoparticles and discusses spectrographic nanosensors, such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticle sensors, the use of coated gold nanoparticles, and semiconductor quantum dots.

More details of this and to order a copy can be found at:

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