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Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner

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Background

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Professor Turner's name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors and in 2010 he joined IFM-Linköping to create a new Centre for Biosensors and Bioelectronics. His previous thirty-five year academic career in the UK culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology.

He held a personal chair in Biosensor Technology at Cranfield University from 1989, where he has also had responsibility for leveraging Cranfield University's IP via spin outs and licensing. He is now an Emeritus Professor at Cranfield.  He has a number of honorary and visiting positions elsewhere including Visiting Professor at the University of Florence, Italy and Chonbuk National University, Korea; permanent Adjunt Professor at Jiansu University in China.  Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Gloucestershire NHS Trust in the UK and Advisory Board Member for Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology , Japan and Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology and member of the Court of Cranfield University and Bedforshire University.

In the UK, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996, invited to Fellowship of the Institute of Biology in 1999 and the Institute of Physics in 2006.  He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for his exceptional contribution to biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and an Honorary DSc by the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where he served as a Governor for six years.  He was admitted to the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules. He won the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Theophilus Redwood Medal for Analytical Science in 2011 and was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA) in 2013.

Professor Turner has over 750 publications and patents (>350 refereed journal papers and reviews) in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors and a Hirsch Index of 67.  He has won a number of prestigious scientific awards and presented well over 500 keynote and plenary lectures at a range of international meetings and honour ceremonies around the world.  He co-founded and has edited the principal journal in the field,  Biosensors & Bioelectronics, since 1985 and edited the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987. He has supervised 45 PhD students, 28 Master dissertations and launched the first Masters courses in the UK in Environmental Diagnostics, Medical Diagnostics and Nanomedicine.

 
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Current activities

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Professor Turner has a long track record of blending fundamental research with R&D and consultancy for commercial clients, government bodies and funding agencies. While he also works to develop business opportunities, his main focus is now on research His current principal interests are:

  • Next generation fabrication - The fully integrated device
  • Nanobioreactors and smart supramolecular structures
  • Semi-synthetic and synthetic ligands - Plastic antibodies & catalytic electrodes
  • Bioinspired nanotechnologies for sensing and therapy
  • Targeted imaging and release technologies
  • Controlled surface for cellular interaction
  • In vivo devices for regenerative medicine
  • Arrays, biomimetics and tele-interfaces for digital health
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Innovation and Coordination

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Tony Turner has held a range of commercial positions continuously since 1982, commencing with Project Director for MediSense's (Abbott) in vitro diagnostics programme.  In this role he led the team that invented, designed and developed the world's most successful type of biosensor, the mediated amperometric enzyme electrode for glucose for home use. In addition to starting or helping to start a number of company, he continued this commitment to university innovation as Managing Director of Cranfield Diagnostics Ltd (1996-2001) and Innovations Director of Cranfield Ventures Ltd between 2006-2014. He is currently retained to advise Linköping University on innovation and is a Director of IF Sensing Ltd (Manchester, UK).  In his thirty years managing and directing commercial R&D he numbers amongst his clients all the major diagnostic companies in the world and numerous other small and large enterprises.  In addition to advising companies and governments worldwide in the general area of analytical biotechnology, he has served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigations and arbitrations in USA, Europe and Australia.

He played a key role in coordinating research activities in medical and environmental sensors in the European Union and led concerted actions and thematic networks since 1988. He has also served as an advisor to the European Parliament and a High Level Expert.  He founded the World Congress on Biosensors for Elsevier in 1990 and has chaired it since then.

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Recent publications

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h-index: 67

Follow link for a selection of papers with full text in many cases

Original Research Papers

Patent

  • Turner, A.P.F., Gifford, R., Holub, D. and Lundström, I. (2014) Method and Device for Measuring EnzymaticActivity of Polysaccharide-Hydrolysing Enzymes. UK Patent Application number: 1409122.7, Filing date 22 May 2014.

Reviews

Books

  • Tiwari, A. And Turner, A.P.F. (2014). Biosensors Nanotechnology. Wiley-Scrivener Publishing, USA. pp. 529. ISBN: 978-1-118-77351-2
  • Li, S., Cao, S., Piletsky, S.A. and Turner, A.P.F. (2015).  Molecularly Imprinted Catalysts. Springer (in press)
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Editorial & Advisory Board

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Chair

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Visiting Positions

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  • University of Florence, Italy (Visiting Professor)
  • Cranfield University, United Kingdom (Emeritus Professor)
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, United Kingdom (Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist)
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan (Visiting Professor)
  • Jiangsu University, China (Adjunct Professor)
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Biosensors - An Introduction by Anthony Turner

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Printed Bioelectronics

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Professor Anthony Turner introduces Biosensors and Bioelectronics

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Contact info

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Office: N309

Email: anthony.turner@liu.se

Phone: +46 (0) 13-28 2604

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Last updated:06/16/15