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UCL Student wins first prize for poster at Biosensors 2014

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UCL PhD Student Valérian Turbé has won first prize for his poster “Towards a Smartphone Connected HIV Test” at the Biosensors 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The poster presented his doctoral research into a new generation of mobile diagnostics for HIV based on innovative surface acoustic wave (SAW) biosensors developed by OJ-Bio and novel capture coatings to detect HIV developed by the UCL team. 

Val is in the third year of his PhD in Rachel McKendry’s research team at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL and is jointly funded by industry partners OJ-Bio, a UCL Impact Award and an NIHR Invention for Innovation Award. The photograph shows Val accepting the Award with Dr Hiromi Yatsuda, Technical Director of OJ-Bio, an internationally renowned expert in SAW technology.

Val graduated in Materials Science at the University of Strasbourg, France and then worked as an intern at Bio Nano Consulting and Project Manager at The Welding Institute Cambridge, before beginning a PhD at UCL. 

Organised by Elsevier’s Biosensors & Bioelectronics journal, the biannual Biosensors 24th World Congress is the leading event in the international biosensors calendar and attracts more than​ 1000 international delegates and leading experts in the field of biosensing. 

OJ-Bio Ltd is a joint venture between Orla Protein Technologies Ltd and Japan Radio Company Ltd. For more information visit: www.oj-bio.com.