Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

IBST is an initiative of UWE, Bristol

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

Building on the success of the first 4 conferences, the 5th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology was attended by a growing community of scientists from 43 countries.  The 370, or so, delegates representing academia and industry came together at the Riva del Garda Congress Centre to hear presentations and view posters from leading research groups and companies highlighting new advances and opportunities in bio-sensing technologies.  The conference was designed to enable networking to develop new contacts to explore research ideas and concepts.  The poster sessions were held on conjunction with an exhibition from companies showcasing their latest technologies supporting biosensor research and development.  The qualtiy of posters and presentations was exceptional so much so that the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award was shared by 2 people - Samia Chevineau and Mederic Loyes both from the University of Mons, Belgium.


The Conference Keynote Speakers were: Professor Jean Louis Marty, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, France / Dr. Cy TamanahaUS Naval Research Laboratory, USA / Professor Mahesh Sooriyabandara, Toshiba Research Europe Limited, UK / Paul Goodwin, Life Sciences CTO, GE Healthcare, USA / Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Director, The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, UK

The 6th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology will take place in May 2019 - watch this space for details!

IBST Welcomes a new Business Member - QED Analytics

QED Analytics is a consultancy that specialises in mathematical modelling and data processing. The company's primary focus is in high-end data analysis, optimisation and machine learning. Whilst we work with many leading organisations spanning a large range of fields, we are increasingly involved in providing data-driven insights to the healthcare and genetics industries. For more information click here or visit theBusiness Members section above.


Medilink South West Business & Innovation Awards 2017

Members of the South West Life Science and Healthcare community celebrated the achievements of the sector at the Medilink South West 2016 Business & Innovation Awards which were held in Bristol on 2 February 2017.

The Winners of the 5 categories were:

Innovation Award - Micrima Limited
Export Achievement Award - Kemdent
Outstanding Achievement Award - Hydrate for Health
Partnership with the NHS Award - Ultramed
Start up Award - Pertinax Pharma

Prof Martin Boddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Business Engagement, UWE Bristol presented the Partnership with the NHS Award to Dr Paul Upton, Director and Co-founder of Ultramed. Dr Phil Hammond (GP, Broadcaster and TV presenter ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor) presided over the Awards Ceremony.

The winning organisations will be automatically nominated for the 2017 National Medilink UK Awards – the UK’s most prestigious Life Sciences awards event.

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
Dr Kevin Honeychurch is the Editor for the second edition of his second book on "Nanosensors for Chemcial and Biological Applications, sensing with nanotubes, nanowires and nanoparticles". for more information go to

Dr Martina Piano and Dr Kevin Honeychurch are Guest Editors for the journal Biosensors for an upcoming special issue focused on “Electrochemical (Bio)sensors for Environmental and Food Analyses”.  More details can be found 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.