Dr. Zeynep Altintas
Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Talk topic: Novel biosensor surfaces
Zeynep Altintas is the Head of the Biosensors and Receptor Development Group at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Her background is biomedical engineering and biotechnology.
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She leads an interdisciplinary research group in the domain of optical, piezoelectric and electrochemical biosensors, bioreceptor development, and molecular modelling. Her specialization also includes but not limited to implementation of biosensors for the diagnosis of disease biomarkers, and food and environmental pathogens. She has more than 100 publications in these fields, including a book, journal articles, book chapters, patent applications, and conference papers. She has delivered numerous invited talks at international conferences and world-renowned institutes. She has built a reputation in her areas of expertise that is recognized by several international awards to her research. She serves as an expert reviewer for EU and Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council (USA) funded projects, in addition to acting as an editorial board member and a reviewer for several important journals in her areas of expertise. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr. Paru Deshpande
Talk topic: Integration of technology
Paru Deshpande, PhD, is Vice President at imec, responsible for the Department of Life Science Technologies.
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He oversees imec’s teams responsible for design and development of technology for multiple life sciences domains including diagnostics, cytometry, neuroscience, and cell interfacing. Prior to joining imec, he spent 7 years at BioNano Genomics where he was part of the founding scientific team and Director of Instrument Development. He led projects in single molecule DNA imaging for genomics and also managed early product testing at customer sites. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University and BSc in engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.
Prof Ir. Dr. Fatimah Binti Ibrahim
University of Malaya, Malaysia
Talk topic: Novel detection of infectious agents
Fatimah Ibrahim received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia (2005). She is a certified Chartered Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate (PEPC) since 2012.
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She is an advisor for the Medical Device Act 2012 and member of the Malaysian Medical Devices Standard committee with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and has published more than 100 Malaysian Medical Standards. Currently, she is a Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, UM and Director of the UM Centre for Innovation and Commercialization (UMCIC). She is also the founder and Head of the Centre for Innovation in Medical Engineering (CIME).
Her research interests include detection and monitoring of infectious diseases and foodborne pathogens, carbon MEMS/NEMS biosensing, diagnostics, bioinstrumentation, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) integration in medicine as well as physiological measurement and modeling. She holds 13 Intellectual Properties and more than 90 academic publications. Recently, she is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering UK Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF4) 2017 and MIGHT Leaders in Innovation Accelerator(LIA) 2018 awards. She has 2 of her patents licensed by industries and the products will be in the market in 2019.
Mr. Tan Eng Tong
SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Talk topic: Silicon and MEMS biosensors in the age of the IoT
A veteran with over 30 years’ experience in technology development and product strategy, Mr Tan joins SilTerra to provide strategic direction for Malaysia’s own semiconductor fab to enter into emerging markets such as life-sciences, automotive and silicon photonics.
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Mr Tan previously held executive positions in blue chip tech companies including Hewlett-Packard UK, HP Laboratories in Palo Alto and Seagate Technology HQ in California. He also advised corporations and start-ups in China and Southeast Asia. A co-founder of the InfraRed Data Association, he led the development of industry standards on storage technologies and disk security that were subsequently adopted by over a billion devices around the world.
An Electrical Engineering (Hons) graduate from Imperial College London, Mr Tan holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt Champion.
Prof. Anthony Turner
Cranfield University, UK
Talk topic: The impact biosensors have made to the world
Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner’s name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors. His thirty-five-year academic career in the UK culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology; since 2010 he has been an Emeritus Professor at Cranfield.
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He joined Linköping University (Sweden) in 2010, to help re-establish the university in the field of Biosensors and Bioelectronics but retired the end of 2018 to focus on translational research and technology transfer in the Skåne region of Sothern Sweden. In addition to his academic activities, he has specialised in leveraging IP and driven numerous biosensor start-ups over the past four decades.
In 2016, Prof Turner was awarded the Ukraine’s highest academic honour, the Vernadsky Gold Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Also, in the same year, he was awarded the Datta Medal by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). He was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2013 and admitted as a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996. He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for his exceptional contribution to biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and an Honorary DSc by the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where he served as a Governor for six years and is a Member of Court. He was elected a Foreign Associate of the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules and has been a Visiting Professor at various universities in the UK, Italy, Korea, Japan and China. Anthony Turner has over 750 publications and patents (>350 refereed journal papers and reviews) in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors and is probably best known for his role in the development of commercial glucose sensors for home-use by people with diabetes. He has a G.S. h-index of 80. He published the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987, is Editor-In-Chief of the principal journal in his field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics (Elsevier) and chairs the World Congress on Biosensors, which he founded in 1990.