Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

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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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Medilink South West Medical and Healthcare Business Awards 2018

The Medilink SW Healthcare Business Awards 2018 is taking place on Thursday, 22 March (4:00-8:00pm) at its new home at UWE’s Enterprise Zone. Medilink South West is the industry network for life science and healthcare sectors in the South West. 

Reasons to attend:

An overview of the sector by William Cruise, Chairman of Medilink UK and recently retired from being Vice President of West Europe Business Development at 3M Healthcare Business Group. In his talk he will be drawing on his considerable experience and insight into the health-tech, med-tech and life science sectors

An opportunity to network and connect with like-minded people in the life sciences, medtech and healthcare sector

A chance to visit UWE’s new Enterprise Zone which provides space for businesses specialising in health tech, assistive living, robotics and other advanced technologies

Celebrate and congratulate the winners of the Medilink SW 2018 Awards, all will go on to the Medilink UK National Awards being held in April

Visit stands, drop in sessions and get the latest from some of MLSW partners and sponsors - TasteTech, Campden BRI, P3 Medical, Future Space, Strategem IPM Ltd, i2r Medical and many more

To register go to Eventbrite - MLSW 2018 Awards  (Tickets are £30 + VAT) or for more details please

The 5 Award Categories are:

Innovation Award
Export Achievement Award
Outstanding Achievement Award
Partnership with the NHS Award
Start up Award

The winning organisations will be automatically nominated for the 2018 National Medilink UK Awards – the UK’s most prestigious Life Sciences awards event.

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.

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.