Terence Lok-ting Lau

Director of Innovation and Technology Development

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong

Dr. Terence Lau has over 20 years of experience on development and commercialization of innovative biotechnological products. He started his career in a renowned Swiss-based multinational company, then involved in setting up biotechnology companies offering innovative products and services for clinical, food and veterinary industry. He directed first laboratory in Asia to obtain accreditation (ISO17025) for qualitative and quantitative genetically modified organism analysis in early 2000s and have developed over 100 products that are sold globally. He also led the development of molecular avian influenza virus (AIV) detection products (including subtype H5) which were the first molecular AIV test kits that received official regulatory approval (Japan). 

Dr. Lau has actively contributed his knowledge and experience to various industry organizations and government departments and has been serving as members of Expert Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance, Small and Medium Enterprise Committee, Enterprise Support Scheme of HKSAR Government and many others covering intellectual property, innovation and technology development, food and agricultural development, etc. Dr. Lau is also an Advisor of the Infectious Disease Centre of Peking University, an Adjunct Investigator of the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Science, Senior Advisor to United Nations Office for Project Services for a food safety project and Chief Technology Advisor of International Food Authenticity Assurance Organization based in New York. He is also appointed as a committee member of the National Committee on Biometrology of China. 

Dr. Lau has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific articles and is the co-inventor of over 60 patents. He has also co-developed 5 Chinese National Standards and is the recipient of the Beijing Municipal Technology Award and Chinese Medical and Technological Award.