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    Date: 5-6 November 2014
    Old Billingsgate, London, UK
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    Date: 14 - 17 October 2014: Porton Down

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Prof Janice Kiely

Lecture on Bio-Sensing Technology - Solutions to World Health Problems from Anthrax to Zoonoses

Wednesday, 11 March : 6.00pm - 8.00pm


The global market for bio-sensing technology is rapidly growing and is currently valued at $12 billion. An important driver for this lies in the many opportunities offered by new markets and application areas. For example, governments around the world struggle with healthcare costs and ageing populations. Therefore, the introduction of bio-sensing technologies that can keep patients out of expensive hospital beds and potentially reduce costly drug bills are seen as big attractions.

Although medical applications continue to dominate the biosensors market, technologies are also infiltrating the bio-defence, environmental monitoring and agri-food industries. To satisfy this market growth there has been a dramatic increase in R&D activities undertaken in companies and universities, resulting in the emergence of new technologies. The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology at UWE is focused on developing these new technologies working closely with industrial partners to maximise exploitation of the resulting bio-sensing devices. In this presentation I will review new and emerging application areas and associated technologies in the bio-sensing field. I will focus particularly on magnetic detection technologies which have the potential to form the basis of future, rapid diagnostic methods for use in the home.

More details:

Cost: Free
Contact: Jade Duggan
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86716


Prof Richard Luxton invited to talk at the UK-Japan Workshop on BioSensing Technologies for the Innovative Healthcare at the British Embassy in Tokyo on December 1st – 2nd 2014.  The Embassy hopes the workshop will lay the foundation for a longer-term dialogue and future collaboration in research between the UK and Japan. The workshop will be followed by visits to the western part of Japan visiting companies in Kyoto and Kobe.


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From pond to cup - UWE Bristol project resolves global clean water crisis

Professor Darren ReynoldsResearchers at UWE Bristol, led by Professor Darren Reynolds, have developed a portable and mobile water treatment system capable of delivering clean drinking water at source. The system has been developed for use in remote or undeveloped areas of the world to provide clean water for disaster relief and humanitarian emergencies. Such technology could help transform the lives of people who currently have no access to clean drinking water.

A modest garden shed located next to a pond located on the main University campus is the focus for the research. The research team have pumped water from the pond directly into a treatment system which uses a novel disinfectant and a state-of-the-art membrane filtration system. From this, potable water that meets drinking water standards from source, can be produced in a matter of minutes.

In conventional drinking water treatment systems chlorine is used for disinfection. Unfortunately chlorine is known to corrode the membrane material that is used for filtration of the water making the long-term deployment of portable treatment systems in remote areas very difficult. This system incorporates a novel disinfectant that has been developed at UWE Bristol, along with UK industry partners Bridge Biotechnology Ltd that does not have a corrosive impact on components over time but still kills any bacteria that may be present in the water.

Professor Darren Reynolds who is leading the research team said, “Our system has the potential to benefit millions of people living in areas where safe water is currently unavailable. As populations continue to grow, and essential natural resources critical to survival become scarce in some areas of the world, we will become dependent upon novel technological solutions. Key to this project is the novel biocide that we have developed that does not corrode like chlorine."

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Professor Richard Luxton, Guest Editor of Biosensors Special Issue: Magnetic Biosensors

magnetic particlesThe 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.

This Special Issue will be dedicated to promoting the wide range of technologies and devices that employ magnetic detection of magneto-optical effects to detect and quantitate biological targets in a sample or targets in a biological sample. Applications areas include biomedical, diagnostics, environmental analysis, food safety and biosecurity.


View the Magnetic Biosensors Special Issue website 31/01/14

Innovation 4 Growth grant scheme launched

Innovation 4 GrowthInnovation 4 Growth is a new grant scheme run by the University of the West of England and created with funding from the Government's Regional Growth Fund. It is worth £4 million and is available to support businesses to develop innovative products, processes or services.

The aim of the I4G scheme is to enhance economic growth by strengthening the the South West’s performance with respect to innovation beyond the level currently achievable.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • Create new private sector jobs and/or safeguard current posts that are at risk of being lost.
  • Generate R+D activity in the South West Region that would not otherwise have take place.
  • Grow the economy by encouraging additional private sector investment.

Successful applicants are offered a maximum grant value of £150k. To find out more or to register your interest, visit the Innovation 4 Growth website:

Visit the Innovation 4 Growth website 24/01/14
ACTPHAST - providing support for the SME photonics community

ACTPHASTThe Zepler Institute at the University of Southampton is part of a new EU programme; the Access Center for Photonics Innovation Solutions and Technology Support (ACTPHAST) which is offering to provide up to €80k worth of innovation support to SMEs per project undertaken in the field of photonics. Support available includes access to expertise, facilities, and technology.

The photonics market – loosely defined as the science applications of light – in Europe is estimated to be worth ~ €60bn and is set to grow by up to 10% with a global market estimated to be worth ~ €480bn by 2015.

But the successful development of ideas in this market can prove difficult for a number of reasons; lack of photonic expertise, expensive R&D and investment is seen as risky.

For these reasons, ACTPHAST has been designed to offer a large scale solution by making European expert advice and technologies available to SME companies.

Call for projects will open in mid-January so to learn more now please contact Tom Carr, the UK Outreach Coordinator on

Visit the ACTPHAST website 17/01/14

Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

Horizon 2020 LaunchedThe European Commission has presented the first calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.

For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions as of today, with more to follow over the course of the year. Calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around €7.8 billion, with funding focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:

  • Excellent Science: Around €3 billion, including €1.7 billion for grants from the European Research Council for top scientists and €800 million for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for younger researchers (see MEMO/13/1123).
  • Industrial Leadership: €1.8 billion to support Europe's industrial leadership in areas like ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnologies and space.
  • Societal challenges: €2.8 billion for innovative projects addressing Horizon 2020's seven societal challenges, broadly: health; agriculture, maritime and bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; and security.

Find out more about Horizon 2020 10/01/14
Collaboration Nation: Technology Inspired now available via webstreaming

TSBCollaboration Nation: Technology Inspired is an inspiring event showcasing innovative technology projects and companies - winners of the Technology Strategy Board's feasibility study competition - bringing them together with 'open innovators', and the funding community to collaborate and bring new ideas to market.

You can view the on demand webstream here: 09/01/14