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  • Innovate UK 2014
    Date: 5-6 November 2014
    Old Billingsgate, London, UK
  • Biosensors: Applications in Industrial Biotechnology
    21 October 2014: SCI Belgrave Square, London
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    Date: 14 - 17 October 2014: Porton Down

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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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4th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology

10th - 13th May 2015 | Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa, Portugal

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. This two and a half day Conference will provide a forum for accessing to the most up-to-date and authoritative knowledge from both commercial and academic worlds, sharing best practice in the field as well as learning about case studies of successfully integrated bio-sensing technologies. The conference will provide an opportunity to highlight recent developments and to identify emerging and future areas of growth in this exciting field.

NEW to this conference is an IBST/EEN Partnership building event. This is a FREE event and is an exciting opportunity to meet with companies and research organizations on the Wednesday afternoon following the conference.

This unique event, organized in conjunction with the Enterprise Europe Network, is designed to enhance your visit to Portugal by enabling you to develop partnerships for the advancement of your technologies and is an opportunity for industrial and academic players (companies, research centres, organizations and universities) to explore scientific and/or business-oriented issues with potential partners.

This event is designed to promote the creation of new R&D, technological and commercial partnerships with organizations from different countries with an interest in bio-sensing technologies using pre-scheduled one-to-one 20-minutes meetings.

When you register for the event, you enter details of your organization, what you have to offer and what you are looking for from potential partners. The software generates meetings with organizations with complimentary needs and requirements based on their entry. Later, you can arrange specific meetings with any of the organizations attending.

Register your organization and profile at the following link:

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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:

EventACTPHAST - providing support for the SME photonics community
The Zepler Institute at the University of Southampton is part of a new EU programme called ACTHPAST to provide up to 80k worth of innovation support to SMEs in the field of photonics. Support available includes access to expertise, facilities, and technology.
Find out more about ACTPHAST.

CATIM_logoNew Centre for Alternative Testing and In-vitro Monitoring (CATIM)
CATIM, an ERDF funded Business Technology Centre for the South West based at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay Campus, is dedicated to the development of technologies for monitoring cells and cell systems. It offers state of the art testing facilities and expertise for businesses, supporting the development and evaluation of the bio-compatibility and the biological potency of new products.
Find out more about CATIM.

JarsNew funding calls
Biomedical Catalyst Awards
Horizon 2020
Smart - Round 5
Microelectronics iNet Autumn Funding Competition
i4i Product Development calls
Agri-Tech Catalyst Awards