UWE brings together world leading experts in bio-sensing technology to Amsterdam

Issue date: 03 October 2011

Amsterdam will be the focus for the international bio-sensing technology community in October when the University of the West of England's, Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology (IBST) and scientific publisher, Elsevier host the '2nd International Conference on Bio-sensing Technology' (10-12 October 2011).

Bio-sensing technology, is the fusion of electronic engineering with biology and has become a key component in the development of tools and devices to aid disease diagnosis, environmental analysis, food safety, animal welfare and security systems. Examples can be found in everyday life from the pregnancy testing kits and on the spot diagnostic tools for blood and urine tests used by medical practitioners to the tests that will detect the pesticides in our food chains and water supplies.

Over 300 delegates from industry and academia will come together from across the world 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.

Professor Richard Luxton, Director of UWE's internationally renowned Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology (IBST), said, “Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2009, we are delighted that even more colleagues are able to join us in Amsterdam for what promises to be a great event. This year's conference has a strong industry focus and ten partner companies will be presenting their latest technologies. It really is a unique opportunity to bring together such a diverse range of expertise under one roof and represents a huge step forward in addressing our common goal of making technology better, to produce the smaller, lighter, cheaper diagnostic tools of the future that will benefit society in so many ways.”

The themes of the conference are: Biomarkers, Sensor technology, Instrumentation and data processing and System integration.

The full programme will include presentations from leading specialists highlighting new opportunities in bio-sensing technologies, an exhibition of leading-edge, commercial technology and a poster forum. There will be an opportunity for networking and to share best practice in the integration of technologies for bio-sensing.

Invited speakers include:

  • Professor Marco Mascini, Department of Chemistry, University of Florence will give the conference address, Peptide and oligonucleotides aptamers as new ligands for analytical chemistry.
  • Professor Ingemar Lundström, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Sweden will present The 2011 Bio-Sensing Technology Lecture, Biosensing with surface plasmon resonance: past, present and future.
  • Dr Till T Bachmann, Division of Pathway Medicine, University of Edinburgh Medical School will give a keynote address on Biomarkers for personalised medicine.
  • Dr Jeff D Newman, Cranfield University will focus on Integration and Commercialisation in his keynote address: Biosensors – Have we got an App for that.
  • Ian Bell, Market Development Manager, National Instruments UK and Ireland will give a keynote address on Instrumentation and Signal Processing.

Researchers from UWE's Centre for Research in Biosciences will also be presenting oral and poster presentations. Professor Tony Killard will present his latest research on electrochemical sensing devices and Dr Myra Conway will share developments on identifying potential biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.

The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology will also be launching their latest initiative, Technology Profile, a bespoke consultancy service offering expertise and guidance for technology companies who want to get the most out of their products and ideas. For more information contact the team on 0117 32 81110 or e-mail: ibst@uwe.ac.uk www.biosensingtech.co.uk

For more information and the full conference programme see: www.biosensingconference.com


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