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Biosensor pioneer moves to Linköping

Professor Anthony Turner

Professor Anthony Turner

Pocket-sized electrochemical glucose meters have simplified the lives of millions of people with diabetes and are the world’s most used biosensor. The leader of the team that developed this technology at Cranfield University in the UK, Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner, joins Linköping University this autumn, adding further strength to its already successful biosensor research.

“I am proud and pleased that we have been able to recruit Professor Turner”, says Rector Mille Millnert. “We look forward to being able benefit from his long experience of working in the area where technology and medicine meet, as well as his ability to build bridges between research and industry.”

“I am delighted to be joining such a talented team at Linköping”, says Tony Turner. “Linköping University (LiU) is already world famous for its contribution to optical biosensors, having generated the science behind the most successful laboratory instruments, used in areas such as drug discovery. What really impresses me, however, is the collaborative sprit and dedication to research with societal impact that I find at LiU. Health care will become increasingly dependent on innovative diagnostics in the future and the multidisciplinary capability at LiU is ideally placed to create the next generation of personalised medical products”

Professor Turner's name is synonymous with the field of biosensors. He currently holds a chair as Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology at Cranfield University and is also Commercial Director at Cranfield Health and Director of Cranfield Ventures Ltd, with responsibility for leveraging the University's IP via spinouts and licensing.

Professor Turner and his team have most notably designed and developed a range of biosensors for home use by diabetes sufferers, allowing them to measure the glucose levels in their bodies. In addition, he has worked on a wide range of other analytical devices including continuous sensors for critically ill patients, drugs of abuse detectors, fermentation monitors, food safety sensors and anti-terrorism devices.

Professor Turner has over 600 publications and patents in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors. He has edited the principal journal in the field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, since its foundation in 1985 and edited the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987. He founded the World Congress on Biosensors for Elsevier in 1990 and has chaired it since then.

Sensor research and development of smart electronics with the ability to react with chemical and biological molecules has long been a strong field at LiU. S-Sence, a Swedish centre for sensor research, was established in the mid-90s and recently LiU, together with Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, announced the establishment of a joint research centre for biosensors in Singapore. Researchers at Liu have always worked with both basic research and more industry-tailored projects and this combination is also Professor Turner’s particular strength.


Therese Winder 2010-07-02




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