20 March 2013, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh

Supported by the ESPKTN the UKIF is running another technology brokering event on Biophotonics. This event provides an opportunity for large and small companies to hear about new and potentially highly beneficial technologies from both academia and industry. Complementing the technology pitches will be talks from industry on current needs and wants. The event aims to facilitate information exchange via these presentations followed by an afternoon dedicated to partnering discussions where companies can discuss directly with the technology providers how the technology might be used in support of new product development.

As keynote speaker Ian Pykett, the CEO of Phase Focus, will be describing the process of taking technology out of a university to commercialisation, including the sorts of companies and sector-related bodies that get involved, and illustrated with anecdotes from his stain-free cell imaging technology.

Novel technology being presented includes:

  • Dr Kevin Critchley, University of Leeds: Next generation quantum dots for bio-imaging.
  • Dr Dmitry Ushakov, University of Leeds: Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy to study intracellular protein localisation.
  • Greg Norris and David Blatchford, University of Strathclyde: Research and development activities, including three-photon microscopy for deep tissue imaging and progress towards realisation of a novel super-resolution imaging platform.
  • Professor Anthony Parker, STFC Central Laser Facility: Development of prodrugs for cancer treatment.

In addition to this, the event will provide technology presentations from St Andrews, Durham and Heriot Watt universities. SUPA will be talking about the INSPIRE Physics and Life Science programme and the STFC will be providing a tour of the Astronomy Centre. Delegates will also have the opportunity to contribute their ideas to a TSB scoping exercise for a new funding competition for research in photonics.

The programme is split into technology presentations and keynote speaker before lunch, and one-to-one brokering slots during the afternoon These can be pre-booked directly with any other delegate/presenter with whom you would like to discuss opportunities.

The fee – £50 non-member, £40 members (+VAT) – includes lunch and refreshments.

If you are interested in participating you can register at the event website:

which will contain further information as presenters are confirmed.

For an opportunity to present your own novel work in this area, please contact Helen O’Connor (events@uk-if.org) to discuss your proposed topic.