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IET Cambridge Prestige Lecture 2008: Biomedical Diagnostics - Trends & Opportunities

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Prof. Lowe will discuss trends and opportunities in biomedical diagnostics.

Refreshments, 6pm, Lecture 6.30pm. Parking is available on site.


Speaker: Christopher R. Lowe received his B.Sc and Ph.D degrees in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in 1967 and 1970 respectively. He has conducted post-doctoral research in Liverpool and Sweden and held a lectureship/senior lectureship at the University of Southampton. He is currently Director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of Trinity College.Sir Richard Friend has been on the Faculty in the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, since 1980, where he is the Cavendish Professor of Physics. Professor Friend has pioneered the study of organic polymers as semiconductors, and his research group has demonstrated that these materials can be used in a wide range of semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes and transistors. He has been very active in the process of technology transfer of this research to development for products. He co-founded Cambridge Display Technology Ltd in 1994. Light-emitting polymer displays developed by Cambridge Display Technology are now being manufactured under licence and are now used in a number of consumer products. He co-founded Plastic Logic Ltd in 2000 to develop directly-printed polymer transistor circuits. He is currently working on the use of polymer and related materials for thin-film photovoltaic diode applications.

The principal focus of his biotechnology research programme over the last 30 years has been the high value – low volume sectors of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and diagnostics. The work not only covers aspects of biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, electronics and chemical engineering, but also the entire range from pure science to strategic applied science, some of which has significant commercial applications and had led to the establishment of seven spin-out companies.

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