Dr. Terence L.T. Lau, Ph.D.
    Director of Innovation and Technology Development
    Convener, Food Safety Consortium
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Board Member, DISH Global Centre for Food Safety and Quality
    Vice President, Hong Kong Food Safety Association


Dr Terence Lau has dedicated over 20 years in technology ventures in the development and commercialization of innovative biotechnological products in the area of genetic testing and molecular diagnostics. He started his career in a renowned Swiss-based multinational company, and was then involved in setting up biotechnology companies offering innovative products and services for clinical, food and veterinary applications in relevant industries. He directed the first laboratory in Asia to obtain ISO 17025 accreditation for qualitative and quantitative genetically modified organism (GMO) analysis in the early 2000s and has developed over a hundred products that are available 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 government regulatory approval (Japan).

Dr Lau joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2013 as the Director of Innovation and Technology Development and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology. He oversees innovation and technology related strategic initiatives, promotes high-impact research and collaborations, management of PolyU's intellectual properties, and their translation and application through bridging the gap in technology readiness between academic inventions and real life applications. He established PolyU's Food Safety Consortium (FSC), a food safety stakeholder network and technology development platform with multinational and local corporate members. Led by Dr Lau, FSC is the first and currently the only entity from Hong Kong and Greater China to receive the Observer status at the United Nations FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission. He is also the founding Chairman and Board Member of the DISH Global Centre for Food Safety & Quality, a non-profit alliance between four economies to promote food related collaborations among EU - Hong Kong / China / Asia Pacific. At PolyU, Dr Lau has established a number of multidisciplinary collaborative platforms which facilitate better technology transfer while continuing his research in biotechnology.

Dr Lau actively contributes his knowledge and experience to various industry organizations and government departments. He is currently members of the Expert Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Enterprise Support Scheme and was a member of the Small and Medium Enterprise Committee, the Working Group of IP Trade, the Small Enterprise Research Assistant Programme, the GMO (Control of Release) Expert Group of the HKSAR Government and many others. He was also an Advisor of the Infectious Disease Centre of Peking University, an Adjunct Investigator of the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Science, and a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office for Project Services. He is currently a committee member of the National Committee on Biometrology of China.

Dr Lau has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific articles, including those published in Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine, book chapters, and has been serving as a sector editor for an encyclopedia published by Springer Nature. He is the co-inventor of over 60 patents and has also co-developed five Chinese National Standards. Dr Lau received his research training at Indiana University (Bloomington) (Hong Kong Government Biotechnology Internship Programme) and Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the recipient of the Beijing Municipal Technology Award and Chinese Medical and Technological Award. Dr Lau received his B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal and Plant Biotechnology from The University of Hong Kong, M.Phil. in Biology from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Peking University.

Representative Publications

Book Chapter:

Lau LT “Molecular Testing for Food Allergens”, Food Allergens Testing: Molecular, Immunochemical and Chromatographic Techniques, edited by G Siragakis and D Kizis, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, p29 - 45.

Research Articles:

1. Nancy B. Y. Tsui, Gregory Cheng, Teresa Chung, Christopher W. K. Lam, Anita Yee, Peter K. C. Chung, Tsz-Ki Kwan, Elaine Ko, Daihai He, Wing-tak Wong, Johnson Y. N. Lau, Lok Ting Lau, Manson Fok. (2018) Population-Wide Genetic Risk Prediction of Complex Diseases: A Pilot Feasibility Study in Macau Population for Prevision Public Healthcare Planning. Scientific Reports, 2018 Jan; 8(1853). (LTL, MF co-corresponding authors)

2. Lau LT, Feng XY, Lam TY, Hui HK, Yu AC. (2010) Development of multiplex nucleic acid sequence-based amplification for detection of human respiratory tract viruses. J Virol Methods. 2010 Sep;168(1-2):251-4.

3. Zhao Y, Lu M, Lau LT, Gao Z, Liu J, Yu AC, Cao Q, Ye J, McNutt MA, Gu J. (2008) Neutrophils may be a vehicle for viral replication and dissemination of human H5N1 avian influenza. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Dec 15; 47(12): 1575-8.

4. Lau LT, Reid SM, King DP, Lau AM, Shaw AE, Ferris NP, Yu AC. Detection of foot-and-mouth disease virus by nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA). Vet Microbiol. 2008 Jan 1;126(1-3):101-10. Epub 2007 Jul 14.

5. Gu J, Xie Z, Gao Z, Liu J, Korteweg C, Ye J, Lau LT, Lu J, Gao Z, Zhang B, McNutt MA, Lu M, Anderson VA, Gong E, Yu AC, Lipkin WI. H5N1 Infection of the respiratory tract and beyond: a viral localization study. The Lancet. 2007 Sept 29.

6. Lau LT, Fung YW, Yu ACH (2006) Detection of Animal Viruses using NASBA. Developments in Biologicals 126:7-15.

7. Fung YW, Lau LT, Wong PF, Choi KW, Chau TN, Lau ST, Wang CG, Dillon N, Yu ACH (2004) Use of clinical criteria and molecular diagnosis to more effectively monitor patients recovering after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection. Clin Infect Dis 39:604-606.

8. Yu ACH, Lau LT, Fung WY (2004) Boosting the sensitivity of real-time PCR SARS detection by simultaneous reverse transcription and target gene pre-amplification. New Eng J Med 350:1577-1579.

9. Fung YW, Lau LT, Yu ACH (2004) The necessity of molecular diagnosis for avian influenza. Nature Biotechnology 22:267.

10. Lau LT, Fung YW, Wong FP, Lin SS, Wang CR, Li HL, Dillon N, Collins RA, Tam JS, Chan PK, Wang CG, Yu ACH (2003) A real-time PCR for SARS-coronavirus incorporating target gene pre-amplification. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 312:1290-1296.