Bespoke Scientific Research

Bespoke Scientific Research

Research groups within Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) target some of the major challenges facing society related to the field of food and health, and QIB Extra enables scientists within QIB to undertake bespoke research work for commercial partners where their world-leading knowledge can be applied to meet the specific needs or challenges a business may have, facilitating access to knowledge and state-of-the art facilities and equipment available in QIB that may not otherwise be available.
As such, QIB Extra may provide bespoke research projects across areas aligned with the Quadram Institute Bioscience's two strategic research programmes, which are focused on the areas of Food, Microbiome, and Health and Microbes and Food Safety.
Once you have reached out to us with your project idea or requirements, our team at QIB Extra will work closely with you to ensure a comprehensive understanding of your needs and objectives. Here's how our collaboration typically unfolds:
  1. Initial Consultation: We start with an in-depth discussion to understand your project requirements, goals, timelines, and budget constraints. This consultation allows us to align our expertise and resources with your specific needs effectively.
  2. Project Design and Proposal: Based on the information gathered during the initial consultation, our team will develop a detailed project proposal outlining the scope, objectives, methodologies, deliverables, and estimated timelines. We'll also provide transparent pricing and any applicable terms and conditions.
  3. Customised Research Plan: Once the proposal is approved, we will collaborate with you to tailor a research plan that meets your requirements while utilising our expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. This plan will include specific milestones, experimental protocols, and any necessary adaptations based on ongoing discussions.
  4. Regular Progress Updates: Throughout the project duration, we will keep you informed about the progress through regular updates and milestone reviews. This ensures transparency and allows for any necessary adjustments to be made in real-time to meet evolving needs or challenges.
  5. Open Communication and Collaboration: We encourage open communication and active collaboration throughout the project lifecycle. Our team is readily available to address any queries, concerns, or feedback you may have, fostering a partnership built on trust and mutual respect.
  6. Quality Assurance and Data Delivery: As the project nears completion, we conduct rigorous quality assurance checks to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and integrity of the data generated. Upon completion, we will deliver comprehensive reports, analyses, and any other agreed-upon deliverables in a timely manner.
  7. Post-Project Support and Follow-Up: Our commitment to your success extends beyond project completion. We provide post-project support, including assistance with data interpretation, further analysis, and guidance on next steps or potential future collaborations.
By following this collaborative approach, we ensure that your research project with QIB Extra is not only successful but also exceeds your expectations, delivering valuable insights and outcomes to address your specific needs and challenges effectively.

Clostridium botulinum challenge testing

QIB Extra tests for toxin types B and E as these are the common toxins associated with chilled food products however tests for other botulinum toxins are also available.

DNA Sequencing

Our DNA sequencing service utilises Short- and Long-Read technologies for comprehensive genomic analysis, offering expert guidance in experimental design, data interpretation, and strategic planning.


TraDIS-Xpress is a high-resolution, whole-genome assay that identifies novel mechanisms of triclosan action and resistance.

Food Safety - Microbiology

QIB Extra offers a rapid, confidential and cost-effective way to address your microbiological needs.


Tap into the expertise of Quadram Institute Bioscience Research Group Leaders through QIB Extra.

Analysis of Food Bioactives

Food Bioactives, particularly plant-based bioactives, are the focus of intense research with regards to their beneficial health properties.

Food Quality / Nutritional Analysis

QIB Extra can help your business in all aspects of food quality; shelf-life, authenticity, texture analysis and product consistency.

Facilities and Equipment

The Quadram Institute building contains a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a clinical research facility and Level 3 laboratory (CL3). 

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) provides a range of yeast related services for the brewing and baking industry and academic researchers. 

Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS)

Nutritional Information Solutions provides a cost effective service to calculate front and back of pack food labelling for food producers.  

Applied Contract Research and Analytical Services for Industry

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