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Silver Medal awarded to breath biopsy pioneer Billy Boyle

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Owlstone Medical CEO Billy Boyle wins Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal

Billy Boyle, Founder and CEO of Owlstone Medical, a diagnostics company developing a breathalyser for disease, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Silver Medal. The award recognizes engineer Billy’s work in spearheading the development of the company’s Breath Biopsy platform and driving a vision to save 100,000 lives and $1.5 billion in healthcare costs.

Owlstone Medical is running breath based trials for early detection of lung and colorectal cancer, two of the most common cancers killers worldwide. Working with clinical and pharmaceutical partners, Billy has demonstrated the diagnostic power of FAIMS across a range of infectious and inflammatory diseases as well as different types of cancer. In 2015 he led a project that resulted in the LuCID trial, a 3,000 patient study looking to develop a cancer breathalyzer for early stage lung cancer detection, supported by a £1.1 million NHS contract.

Owlstone Medical’s Breath Biopsy platform is highly sensitive and selective, and has the potential to revolutionize early detection and precision medicine where treatment can be tailored to the individual patient. With the world’s largest breath-based clinical trials, Billy and his team are pioneering the field of breath biomarkers, demonstrating how they can get the right treatment, to the right patient, at the right time, ultimately reducing treatment costs and saving lives.

Professor Chris Toumazou FREng, Regius Professor at Imperial College London, says: “This work is so pioneering that it was recently labeled as the next ‘Unicorn’ coming out of the global tech industry. Billy Boyle is an absolute entrepreneur, pioneer and inventor and through his own personal endeavors has encouraged major research in the field of cancer. Billy Boyle is one of the UK’s unrecognized stars. He has focused for years on deploying his technology, very successfully, in major hospitals and working with many companies and institutions. His amazing technology will save millions of lives in the next decade.”

Billy Boyle is an ideaSpace City member.

 

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