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Billy Boyle, Owlstone

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Free refreshments served from 18.30. Talks starts at 19.00

Using leading-edge nanofabrication techniques, Owlstone ( has developed a complete chemical detection system on a chip. A ‘dime size’ Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometer (FAIMS) has the ability to rapidly monitor a broad range of chemicals at very low quantities with high confidence. It is one hundred times smaller and one thousand times cheaper than existing technologies. There are numerous applications – across industries from security and defense to automotive and healthcare – that depend on the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of chemical compounds.

Our speaker is Billy Boyle, Co-Founder and President, Operations. Since co-founding Owlstone, Billy has been overseeing the development and implementation of the detection technology with nanotechnology foundry partners. He is also active in business development, demonstrating to partners how the Owlstone technology can used to realise a paradigm shift in detection applications and deployment scenarios. Billy is heavily involved in the creation and realisation of new technologies and IP. Prior to joining Owlstone Billy was a Research Associate in the Microsystems and Nanotech group at Cambridge University. In an academic / industry consortium he designed and developed silicon-opto hybrid devices for next generation telecoms systems.

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends around 20.30 following questions and discussion.

Venue: Lecture Room 6 (upstairs), Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (directions). There is limited parking available on site.

Free to attend. Registration not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for students and engineers. You are encouraged to bring with you colleagues, friends and members of your family who are interested in engineering, micro and nanotechnology, analytical instruments and technology start-ups.

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