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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Funded full time PhD Studentship Opportunities in the Faculty of Environment and Technology, UWE Bristol (start on 1 January 2017). The closing date for applications is Monday 24 October.
The University funding will cover 50% of the annual tuition fees and annual stipend. The remaining 50% will be generated from an external organisation willing to sponsor the research project for 3 years.

Research projects:

Funding for the following projects have already been confirmed:
1. Development and evaluation of a novel, rapid/portable electrochemical sensing system for measurement of metal ions in water.
2. Novel multimode metal oxide sensors for detection of explosives.
3. The analysis of wear mechanism and the impact of tool geometry in machining Zirconia Dental Crowns.
4. Analytics for ‘Weak Signal’ Appreciation in Assessing Resilience of Urban Water Systems

In addition we have potential funding for the following 3 projects:
1. Property level flood resilience
2. Water resilience in the city: underserved citizen participation and behaviour change through Nature Based Solutions.
3. How does future driver, vehicle and powertrain behaviour impact on real-world driving?

For more details on the projects and how to apply follow this link Postgraduate Research Study

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

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Cy Tamanaha, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
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

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. 

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.

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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