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/equipment available in QIB which may not otherwise be available.
As such, QIB Extra may provide bespoke research projects across areas aligned with QIB’s wider research targets which include the areas a of Food Innovation, Healthy Aging, Understanding the microbiome and Disease.

Key fields with wider target areas include (click on the text to find out more):

Food Composition (inc Food Databanks National Capability
Food Safety 
Future Foods (development and testing) 
Personalised Nutrition 
Antimicrobial Resistance 
Cardiovascular Disease
Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 
Liver/lipid disease 

The setup of a typical project with QIB Extra is provided below, however depending on the needs of your business and individual requests variations may occur;
  1. Initial contact is made with QIB Extra by email, website contact form or telephone.
  2. A member of the QIB Extra team will respond within 2 working days.
  3. Following the initial contact, further details of the project will be discussed so that QIB Extra can better understand your requirements. If required, a call is arranged with an identified scientific consultant.  
  4. A confidentiality agreement (CA) or non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is set up, if necessary.
  5. A proposal will be prepared which includes deliverables, responsibilities, timelines and where appropriate any risks identified. Once the project is defined the proposal and an accompanied quote for the work based on the defined resources will be sent to you.
  6. Depending on further discussions the proposal and quote may then be revised and re-issued as required.
  7. If you would like to proceed a contract will be issued, and work can begin once this is signed by all parties.
  8. After the work has been completed a report will be issued. Interim reports are available should it be agreed at proposal stage.
For more information on these services please contact us on or +44 (0)1603 255 342.

In addition, QIB Extra works with the QIB Business Development Team to deliver large potentially multidisciplinary contract research projects within the area of biomedical science for companies in the Pharmaceutical and wider health industries. To find out how our expertise can help your business in these areas contact the Business Development Team on

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.

Food Safety - Microbiology

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

Authentication Services

QIB Extra offers a range of coffee, argan oil, buffalo mozzarella and other oils and meat origin authetication services. 

Analysis of Food Bioactives

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


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

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) 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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