Chris Toumazou

Elected Trustee – May 2017


Chris is an electronic engineer with a wealth of expertise in research, technical innovation and fundraising. He is currently the Founding Director and Chief Scientist at The Institute of Biomedical Engineering Imperial College for which he raised £22 million in 2003. He is Founder and CEO of Toumaz Technology and Chairman and CEO of DNA Electronics. Director of the Winston Wong Centre for BioInspired Technology.

Chris is distinguished for his ground-breaking innovations in silicon technology and integrated circuit design. His research and entrepreneurial actions have shown how natural analogue physics of silicon semiconductor technology can be used to mimic and replace biological functions. It has been his success in applying silicon chip technology to biomedical and life-science applications, most recently to DNA analysis, that is leading to new innovations in the field of genetics, molecular biology and personalised medicine. Amongst his key inventions was that of semiconductor based DNA sequencing.

For his inventions on semiconductor based genetic testing he won the Gabor Medal of the Royal Society (2013) and European Inventor Award (2014).  

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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