Intelesens Founder receives OBE

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Intelesens founder and Chief Science Officer, Professor Jim McLaughlin has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2012, receiving an OBE.


Jim, a distinguished international physicist, is Professor of Advanced Functional Materials at the University of Ulster and has been honoured for his services to research and economic development in Northern Ireland. He is also currently the Director of the Engineering Research Institute (ERI) and Director of NIBEC at the Jordanstown campus.


A native of Portstewart, now resident in Belfast, his present research interests address nanotechnology and its application in areas such as point-of-care sensors and medical diagnostics.


Jim and his professorial colleagues John Anderson and Eric McAdams founded Sensor Technology and Devices, now Intelesens, in 2001. On receiving the award Jim also acknowledged the work and support of management and staff at Intelesens which has contributed to the company’s success since its foundation more than 10 years ago. Professor McLaughlin has led research into the development of new sensor materials and their impact within the hot current topic of Connected Health is of particular interest. His work has had a strong influence on the University's commercialisation of IP relating to Connected Health companies, as well as providing the basis for a range of new biomedical sensing platforms.


With over three hundred publications and numerous successful patents, Professor McLaughlin has built an outstanding international reputation in his field.


Intelesens CEO Michael Caulfield commented, "The links between Intelesens and the world-class research capabilities resident at the University of Ulster are hugely important to the company’s commercial success. We are delighted that Jim’s important ongoing contribution to R&D in Northern Ireland and its commercial impact, particularly in the connected healthcare arena, have been recognised in awarding him this honour."