BPSI Summer Symposium 2018: Business as Usual? – Collaborative Research at the University-Business Interface

Thursday 28 June 2018, 12.59PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Carrie Ambler (LightOx), Dr. Paul Gunning (Smith & Nephew) & Dr. Paul Ko Ferrigno (Metalinear)

We are delighted to invite you to the Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) Summer Symposium 2018.

The Symposium will take place on Thursday 28 June 2018 in the Diana Bowles Lecture Theatre (B/K/018), in the Department of Biology at the University of York. Registration will commence from 12:30pm in the Biology Atrium, with the lectures starting at 13.00pm, the event will conclude with a networking reception at 5:00pm.

This interdisciplinary symposium co-organised by Christoph Baumann (Biology) and Roland Kröger (Physics) will focus on collaborative interactions between academic research and business that are emerging at the interface between the physical, chemical and life sciences. The symposium will have broad appeal to researchers from multiple science departments across a range of career levels from graduate students to research group leaders, in particular those who are developing, or would like to develop research collaborations at the university-business interface.

This will be valuable for all members of the BPSI, irrespective of primary area of research, presenting a great opportunity to engage with researchers from different departments as well as highlighting your own research through networking sessions. 

All welcome!


Outline of Event:

12.00-12.30 Presenters mount posters (Atrium)


Registration desk open, coffee available (Atrium)


Session 1 (Diana Bowles), Chaired by Roland Kröger


Welcome by Christoph Baumann (Biology) and Roland Kröger(Physics)


Paul Gunning (Smith & Nephew, Hull) Bio (PDF , 348kb)

Imaging and Spectroscopy of Medical Device products in Smith & Nephew’s marketplace of ‘Skin and Bones Abstract (PDF , 328kb)


Dr Carrie Ambler (Department of Biosciences, University of Durham/ LightOx Ltd.) Bio (PDF , 244kb)

LightOx: Our journey translating academic research into commercial products Abstract (PDF , 140kb)


Dr Michael Plevin (Department of Biology, York)

DNA motor proteins for nanopore sequencing


Coffee break and poster session (Atrium)


Session 2 (Diana Bowles), Chaired by Christoph Baumann


Dr. Paul Ko Ferrigno (MetaLinear Ltd., Alderley Park) Bio (PDF , 251kb)

Beyond the antibody: Commercialising Molecular Recognition Abstract (PDF , 234kb)


Dr Michelle Rudden (Department of Biology, York)

Highway to smell: Structural basis of malodour precursor transport in the human axilla Abstract (PDF , 255kb)


Aritha Dornau (CNAP/ Department of Biology, York)

Biofuels and chemicals from municipal solid waste: Collaborating with industry to solve problems on earth (and in the lab) Abstract (PDF , 427kb)


Dr Veronica Ongaro (Network Manager - LBNet, York)

Dr Rachel Curwen (Research Development Associate - Life Sciences and Health, York)

Overview of the support, mechanisms and funding available to help academics work with industrial collaborators


Discussion Panel (all speakers)


Food, drink, networking and poster session (Atrium)


Posters strongly encouraged by Post-docs and PhD students involved in collaborative research projects with business/industry.









Location: Diana Bowles Lecture Theatre B/K/018 and Atrium, Department of Biology, University of York