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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.

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Bioluminescent reporter bacteria

Biolumiinescent reporter bacteriaBioluminescent bacteria have been developed for use as a reporter in the evaluation of sterilisation and decontamination techniques. The Institute has expertise in developing novel methods of incorporating a lux-gene cassette into a wide range of bacteria. Other applications of the bioluminescent bacteria include the detection of environmental toxins.

A novel bio-assay has also been developed to predict which leukaemia patients will respond to therapy. This technology is being patented and a study to evaluate the predictive value of the test is being undertaken in conjunction with a diagnostics company and hospital specialising in the treatment of leukaemia. Collaboration to undertake wider studies of this novel technology would add benefit.

Lead researcher: Professor Vyv Salisbury

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