Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

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

IBST is a member of the Health & Life Sciences Sector Group.

Our purpose is to engage with local life sciences, health and social care organisations to explore areas that could be developed to promote the health and life sciences business sector in the West of England LEP region.





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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The 5th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology
7 - 10 May 2017 | Riva del Garda (on Lake Garda), Italy

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Jean Louis Marty, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, France
Dr. Cy Tamanaha
US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Professor Mahesh Sooriyabandara,
Toshiba Research Europe Limited, UK
Paul Goodwin, Life Sciences CTO, GE Healthcare, USA

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Director, The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, UK

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 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 meeting will provide an opportunity to highlight recent developments and to identify emerging and future areas of growth in this exciting field.

Following the success of the first 4 conferences, the 5th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology will continue to bring together leaders from industry and academia to exchange and share their experiences, present research results, explore collaborations and to spark new ideas, with the aim of developing new projects and exploiting new technology for bio-sensing applications. For more details go to

Medilink South West Business & Innovation Awards 2017

MLSW 2017 Annual Awards competition is now open for registration. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, growth and commercial success of organisations operating in the Life Science and Healthcare sector.

The afternoon kicks off with expert led workshop sessions. Each workshop will provide information and suggestions for your business to succeed in the following areas:

  • Designing nutritious food and drink – what to consider by Emma Hanby, Campden BRI
  • Making a difference with design by Nigel Harris, Designability
  • Bringing a Medical Device to the market place by Micah Atkin, Device Scope & MiniFAB
  • An Introduction to H&S for SMEs by Nigel Silman, Public Health England

Dr Ian Campbell, Director of Health & Life Science at Innovate UK will talk about how Innovate UK is helping to shape the future of UK health and the life sciences.

Awards Dinner

With five awards across industry and NHS categories, the awards dinner is a unique platform to celebrate the best in the sector covering medical technologies, healthcare and related life sciences right across the region. An excellent chance for you and your colleagues to celebrate achievements and network with sector colleagues plus promote your business to a global audience.

The 5 award categories offer a platform to identify outstanding achievements:

Export Achievement
Innovation Award
Outstanding Achievement
Partnership with the NHS
Start up

The winning organisations will be automatically nominated for the 2017 National Medilink UK Awards – the UK’s most prestigious Life Sciences awards event. This is an excellent chance to promote your company to a global audience. For details on how to apply go to

IBST Welcomes a new Business Member

MiniFAB: MiniFAB is a world-leading provider of custom designed and manufactured microfluidic based diagnostic systems and medical devices. For details of their area of expertise click here or on theBusiness Members section above.

 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.

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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