Breath Biopsy Conference 2019 – What to Look Forward to

Published on: 21 Oct 2019, under Breath Biopsy

With less than a month until the Breath Biopsy Conference 2019 kicks off in Cambridge on 13th November, we take a look at the program and some of the research highlights to look forward to over both days of the conference.

This year’s conference is set to be even bigger than before, with more talks spanning a wider range of research areas. In addition to looking directly at the breathomics field, we’ll be looking more broadly at metabolomics research as well as the areas of potential clinical applications that are being explored for breath biomarkers. Developing on last year’s event, we also have several presentations exploring the parallel opportunities presented by metabolic probes such as 13C-metabolites and exogenous volatile organic compound (EVOC®) Probes.


We are very pleased to welcome three keynote speakers this year; Jane Hill from the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth; Jessica Lasky-Su from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and George Hanna of Imperial College London.

  • Professor Hill will speak on the need to bring diagnosis of infectious diseases into the 21st Century by deploying approaches based on metabolomic and transcriptomic technologies. Her talk will focus on the use of breath analysis for tuberculosis in animal health, antibiotic testing and vaccine development including early-stage clinical investigations in South Africa.
  • Looking at metabolomics in the multi-omics era, Professor Lasky-Su will examine the utility of integrated -omics approaches in asthma. Her talk will be a wide-ranging review encompassing both reductionist and systems biology investigations. The talk concludes by looking at the position of metabolomics within -omics research and the critical hurdles to overcome in successfully applying multi-omics in a personalized medicine framework.


The conference’s opening session will see Chris Mayhew of the Institute of Breath Research, University of Innsbruck speaking on the use of ion-molecule reactions in the breath analysis field. Later in the day, Billy Boyle of Owlstone Medical will present the latest results from our Breath Biopsy test programme and client studies. The day will conclude with a networking session with drinks and canapes.

Renaud Louis from the University of Liege will speak on the second day about identifying biomarkers for asthma phenotyping. Professor Louis recently co-authored one of the first robust investigations of breath biomarkers for distinguishing asthma immunological phenotypes. The day will also feature a presentation about the Breath Biopsy Laboratory and the services on offer to support your research into breath biomarkers for health and disease.

Panel and Posters

The conference will end with an expert panel discussion exploring the next five years in breath research. The discussion will explore the key opportunities and challenges currently facing the field and the most exciting research that is helping to drive progress. The panel features conference speakers and research leads from the Owlstone Medical team.

Selected research posters will also be on display throughout the event, we will have demonstrations of the brand new Breath Biopsy Product range including the updated ReCIVA® Breath Sampler and our scientific experts will be on-hand to discuss further applications of Breath Biopsy and to discuss how breath biomarkers could help to progress your research. 

Thank You

We would like to thank Markes International and Thermo Scientific for sponsoring the Breath Biopsy Conference. Please drop by their stands to hear more about their latest products and don’t miss the presentations from Kayleigh Arthur, Owlstone Medical Senior Applications Chemist, and Laura McGregor, Product Marketing Manager from Markes.

Express your Interest in the conference through the Breath Biopsy Conference webpage now and we will contact you about registering to attend, subject to availability. For more information about the Breath Biopsy Conference 2019 please visit our webpage or take a look at the program. You can also find videos and posters from last year’s conference on our community pages.

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