Professor Christopher Lowe

Professor of Biotechnology at Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Professor of Biotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Professor Chris Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Biotechnology in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and Director of the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is also Director of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences.

His principal research interests cover areas of healthcare biotechnology including biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and sensors, ageing and medical microbiology. The work is characterised by not only being highly inter- and multi-disciplinary and encompassing aspects of biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, electronics, medicine and chemical engineering, but also covering the entire range from pure science to strategic applied science, much of which has significant commercial applications.

Professor Lowe has been the driving force for the establishment of 10 Spin-out companies, and has been awarded several national and international prizes and distinctions, including the Pierce Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Affinity Chromatography (1989), the David Curnow Prize in Clinical Chemistry (1991), Schlumberger Stichting Prize (1994), Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement (1996), Silver Jubilee Medal – Chromatographic Society (2002), Henry Dale Medal and Prize: The Royal Institution (London)(2003), Dade-Behring Award for Clinical Chemistry (2006), “Most Entrepreneurial Scientist of the UK” Award: UKSEC (2006), Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education: The Royal Anniversary Trust (2007), Officer of the British Empire (OBE): New Year Honours (2010) and BBSRC Commercial Innovator of the Year (2011). He holds visiting Professorships at the Universities of Bath (UK), Lund (Sweden) and the Australian National University (ANU)(2013).

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