NCIMB Ltd is an innovation-driven biotechnology company that houses the UK's largest bacterial culture collection -  a invaluable genetic resource for industry and the research community. We supply strains from our culture collection for research and commercial use, and offer a trusted range of microbial identification, next generation sequencing, chemical analysis, ecotoxicity, and biological material storage services from our purpose-built, Aberdeen-based laboratories.

Our customers include some of the world's biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as household names in food, drink and energy production. We also work with universities, research institutes, small companies and start-ups.

Our services are used in quality control procedures, research and development projects, intellectual property protection and compliance with environmental regulations. We can work with you to support and de-risk your process and product development.

Whoever we are working with and whatever product or service we are providing, we pride ourselves on delivering high levels of customer service.


Our new, purpose-built, laboratories and storage facilities are located in Aberdeen, in the North-East of Scotland.

Our molecular suite is equipped with automated extraction capabilities including Qiagen QIA cubes to produce high quality DNA and RNA for downstream PCR, qPCR and sequencing. Our laboratories are equipped with the latest technology for sequencing and identification of microorganisms, including Sanger and next generation sequencing platforms.

NCIMB houses the UK's National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria on-site, and have the facilities to offer biological material storage customers a flexible service ranging from storage of a few cryogenic vials in a shared freezer, to customised high security, dedicated storage areas.


We operate a well-established quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015, and undertake microbial identification to Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards.


For more information about our products and services you can navigate our website by industry sector or by service type. You can also contact us to find out more about our services.

Read on to find out why our customers choose NCIMB.

Why choose NCIMB?

Our feedback tells us that customers value our high levels of customer service, including fast turnaround times, excellent quality control and attention to detail. We surveyed our customers anonymously to find out why they chose and continued to use NCIMB. The quotes below are examples of the feedback that we received.


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Tel: +44 (0) 1224 009333

Wellheads Place
AB21 7GB