Microchip medicine - POSTPONED

Tuesday 26th April 2016 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00

Chris Toumazou, Regius Prof. of Engineering, Director of the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology, Founder and Chief Scientist for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London.&

This lecture has been postponed until the Autumn through unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Friends. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Professor Chris Toumazou, Regius Professor of Engineering, Chair in Biomedical Circuit Design, is the Director of the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology at Imperial.

Inspired by life-style aspirations and biological systems, the Centre is inventing, developing and demonstrating devices to meet global challenges in healthcare and well-being, by mimicking living systems effectively and efficiently to create innovative and advanced technologies.

For a man who left school with no qualifications, Chris Toumazou has done remarkably well in the intervening years. He is currently chief scientist of Imperial College London's Institute of Biomedical Engineering and holds more than 50 patents for medical diagnostic instruments and other devices.

For good measure, he won the prestigious European Inventor Award in 2014 for his creation of a lab-on-a-chip technology, a system that can test for genetic disease and drug intolerances in patients in less than 30 minutes.

It is a startling set of achievements, though Toumazou insists his breakthroughs have been based on the simplest approaches. "I set out to create chips that used low-energy technology and that has allowed me to develop devices that can do all their data crunching on site.

Professor Toumazou is pre-eminent amongst the global community of contemporary medical engineers. In 2008 he was appointed to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Fellowship of the Royal Society, which is the highest honour in UK science. He was appointed a Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013 and is now one of the few who is a Fellow of three premium societies.

Chris received in 2009 the World Technology Award, sponsored by Time Magazine, for Health & Medicine; In 2011 he received the JJ Thompson IET Achievement Award for major contributions to the low power medical electronics industry.

Image courtesy of Thomas Angus.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.

Venue: SAF Building, Imperial College London

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