Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology


IBST is an initiative of UWE, Bristol

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About us

The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology (IBST), based at the University of the West of England, Bristol, works with industry and researchers with the aim of creating multidisciplinary partnerships to develop novel bio-sensing technology.

The scope of the Institute is broad - ranging from the development of novel technology for detection and measurement of biological systems to the integration of biological systems into novel sensing technology.

Benefits of collaborative working

By consolidating talents and experience from across a range of subject areas we are able to respond to larger challenges presented by industry and public sector. This breath of discipline areas that contribute to the development of a bio-sensing system is shown in the diagram below.

Bio-Sensing Application Diagram

Through this kind of collaborative working the Institute is well placed to take an idea from conception, through fundamental research and development to preproduction prototype, in preparation for exploitation.


Some of the Technologies currently being developed include:

Benefits for all

The Institute offers the following benefits:

  • New research funding opportunities through multi-disciplinary and multi-centred bidding
  • New opportunities for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange
  • New industrial-academic partnerships
  • New opportunities for SMEs to participate in research collaborations
  • Generation of new technology
  • Exposure of UK companies to US networks and markets and vice versa
  • Increased number of graduates prepared for employment in the biotechnology sector
  • Knowledge exchange events to broaden and develop the knowledge base of industry