Facilities and Equipment


Facilities and Equipment


The Quadram Institute building contains a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that could be of interest to industrial partners lacking in-house alternatives. The facilities include the Clinical Research Facility, Germ-Free Facility, Containment Level 3 Facility (CL3), and Biorepository, while high-end equipment such as the model-gut, analytical instrumentation and DNA sequencing is also available on-site. Quadram Institute Bioscience importantly not only has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, but also the expertise to maximise their effectiveness when delivering projects for our customers.
 
Facilities
 
Clinical Research facility (CRF) 
 
The CRF is home to a host of research studies into a range of health conditions, involving patients and volunteers , and is therefore the perfect place for doing clinical research into food and nutrition. The CRF comprises of:
 
  • Reception space
  • Clinical space
  • DXA Scanner
  • Dedicated sample processing laboratory
  • Food Grade Catering/Kitchen facilities.
  • Research food storage facilities
  • Participants’ Lounge and Diner
 
Biorepository 
 
Available for the banking of human tissue (i.e. blood, solid tissue, and other samples) in secure -80°C freezers. The facility can provide assistance from informed and ethical donor consent, through transport and archiving, to sample retrieval.
 
Containment Level 3 Laboratory (CL3)
 
A full equipped and maintained CL3 facility with integrated waste management containing several laboratories dedicated to a range of pathogens.
 
Germ-Free Facility
 
Please contact us for further information on this service on info@qibextra.co.uk or +44 (0)1603 255 342.
 
 
Highlighted Equipment
 
QIB Extra is able to take advantage of a wide variety of within QIB and also across the NRP to deliver contracted research for its customers.
 
Microscopy
  • Electron Microscopy - TEM (transmission electron microscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscopy)
  • Confocal Microscopy - Zeiss LSM880 with Airyscan
  • Light Microscopy - Leica M165C, Nikon Eclipse Ti inverted, Olympus BX60, Zeiss AxioImager.M2  
Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Spectroscopy - Nicolet iN10 MX FTIR imaging system
Mass Spectrometry
  • We have a range of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry systems, including accurate mass UPLC-QTOF, and LC/MS with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.
  • Within the NRP we also have access to a fully equipped Proteomics facilities.
QIB Flow Cytometry
  • Amnis Image Stream MkII 
  • Luminex 200 Multiplexer 
  • BD LSR Fortessa 
  • Sony SH800 2-way cell sorter
DNA sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • 16S sequencing
  • Shotgun Metagenome Sequencing
  • Library construction
Other
  • NMR - High-field and Low field
  • Food digestion - Model Gut (dynamic gastric model, colon model and other digestion systems)
  • Micromatirx (for cell and microbial cultivations, screening cell-lines, microbial, and/or yeast libraries)

Bespoke Scientific Research

Including food science and innovation, gut health (inc. microbiome) and microbes in the food chain.

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.

Consultancy

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.

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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