30th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors


Commercialising Biosensors

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Our pre-congress summer schools are an opportunity to explore a key topic in greater detail than is possible within the conventional conference format. They are limited in size and more tutorial and interactive in style. Contributors can take the time to share detail that is often missing from conference presentations and respond to more exhaustive questions and discussion.

For Biosensors 2020, we have chosen the exciting and critically important issue of how to commercialise the output from our research. While fundamental studies underpin biosensor R&D, our subject is inherently applied and the ultimate goal is to deliver useful products into society.

Our target audience for this event is scientists who are interested in progressing their work to realise successful commercial products. The presenters have all successfully travelled this road and will be sharing both their positive and negative experiences to help the ambitious scientist better understand the process. Our contributors are drawn from both academe and commerce to cover the broad range of challenges facing the budding entrepreneur and include:

Speakers include:

Martin Peacock

Zimmer and Peacock, USA

Dr Martin Peacock is an industrial bioelectrochemist with over twenty years of biosensor experience, having had industrial roles from Abbott Diabetes to GSK.

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Menno Prins

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Menno Prins received a PhD in physics and worked for nearly 20 years in Philips Research. Since 2014 he is full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology where he investigates particle-based single-molecule technologies for the detection and continuous monitoring of biomolecules.

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Nancy Allbritton

University of Washington

Nancy L. Allbritton is the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Frances Ligler

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, USA

Frances S. Ligler is the Lampe Distinguished Profess    or of Biomedical Engineering at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill and an elected member and Councillor of the National Academy of Engineering. Before 2013, she was the Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials at the US Naval Research Laboratory.

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George Ligler


Dr. George Ligler is both proprietor of GTL Associates, a computer systems engineering consultancy he formed in 1988 and, since August 2018, the Dean’s Eminent Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering in the UNC Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).

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Surendar Magar

President and CEO, LifeSignals, Inc. USA

Dr Surendar Magar has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry leading product strategy, product development and commercialization of high technology products for large merging markets. Currently, he is President and CEO of LifeSignals, Inc., a Silicon Valley, California, based company that he cofounded several years ago.

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Koji Sode

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, USA

Dr. Koji Sode is Professor of Biomedical Engineering, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan.

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