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The University of Southampton

Making miniature biodevices practical (and a bit of “technology entrepreneur”) Seminar

14:00 - 15:00
30 November 2018
Building 27, Room 2001, Chemistry, University of Southampton.

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Nuria Garcia-Araez at .

Event details

Seminar with Professor David Williams from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


There is now a vast biosensor literature. How much of this ends up in practise? The talk will take a couple of examples – the lateral flow immunoassay which is well-known for its widespread use in pregnancy and diagnostic devices for infectious disease and heart failure, and an emerging technology for electrochemical DNA measurement – and use them to illustrate aspects of the path from laboratory to application. Some discussion of aspects of technology entrepreneurship based on personal experiences will be given.

Speaker information

Prof David Williams, University of Aukland, New Zealand.. David is best known as a serial founder of technology start-up companies. A graduate of the University of Auckland (PhD, electrochemistry, 1974), after post-doctoral work at Oxford University and Imperial College London and industry experience at IMI Titanium, Birmingham, he developed his research career in electrochemistry and chemical sensors at the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, in the 1980s. He co-founded Capteur Sensors Ltd; was Chief Scientist of Inverness Medical Innovations, and since joining the University of Auckland, has co-founded Air Quality Ltd; Orbis Ltd, and SpotCheck Technologies. His research has broad scope in electrochemistry and chemical sensors – and he is an inventor on around 50 patents and patent applications. Most importantly, perhaps: he has been a major contributor to culture change within the MacDiarmid Institute, in supporting and mentoring other researchers interested in commercialising research.

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