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Biography: Dr Richard Luxton

Director, Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

Richard Luxton worked as a clinical biochemist for thirteen years in the Bristol Royal Infirmary before moving to the Institute of Neurology in London to study for a PhD in neuro-immunology, studying antibody affinity in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with multiple sclerosis.  At the University of the West of England he has focused his research in the area of developing new rapid detection technologies for point of care diagnostics, environmental analysis, food safety and homeland defence applications.

One area of research that has been particularly successful is the development of magnetic detection technology for use in immunoassays.  Using this technology a magnetic-biosensor has been developed that will perform an assay in three minutes or less.  Richard Luxton is a named inventor on several patents relating to magnetic sensor technology. The work has attracted more than one million pounds funding from industry. He is currently developing new sensing technology for toxins, also working with industrial partners. Other technologies that are being developed for rapid diagnostics include impedance spectroscopy.

Richard was project co-ordinator for 2 UK Government projects, the rapid detection of organophosphates in food (FQS12) and the rapid detection of mycotoxins (FQS61).  He is currently a project manager for a CBRN funded project and the project coordinator for a DTI -MNT project to develop house-keeping sensors for cell culture systems.

Within the University Richard Luxton was one of the University's first Business Fellows and now holds the position of Faculty Research Director and the Faculty Business Liaison Manager and Manager for Knowledge Exchange.