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QIB Extra is based at the Quadram Institute in Norwich, Norfolk

QIB Extra Ltd  provides a high quality strategic and applied research service to small and medium-sized companies as well as large multi-nationals in the food, diet and health and allied sectors. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Quadram Institute BioScience (QIB) with its headquarters on the Norwich Research Park.

With expertise in microbiology, model intestinal systems, authenticity and rheological investigations; QIB Extra Ltd will undertake bespoke applied food research, trouble-shooting and specialist analysis making QIB's expertise available and affordable to all companies. We can also provide access to world-leading experts on a consultancy basis.

We have our own laboratories, a dedicated management team and staff but can also call on the full range of expertise and resources of the Quadram Institute. We are able to put together multidisciplinary teams quickly which can be enhanced by the expertise and capabilities of our carefully selected partners on the Norwich Research Park and further afield.

We will undertake short-term applied food research, trouble-shooting and specialist analysis making QIB's expertise available and affordable to all companies. We can also provide access to food experts on a consultancy basis.  

QIB Extra is located within the new Quadram Institute (QI) builidng on the Norwich Research Park. The QI building is the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.  It brings together research teams from the QI, with others from the University of East Anglia, as well as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals’ regional gastrointestinal endoscopy unit.

The Quadram Institute is engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research.  Scientific excellence is combined with clinical expertise, delivering impact on patient care and accelerating innovation.

The Quadram Institute maximises the impact of the unique world-class bioscience cluster based at the Norwich Research Park, including the excellent plant and microbial science at the John Innes Centre and computational science and sequencing expertise at the Earlham Institute.

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