NCIMB

70 years of excellence in microbiology

NCIMB Ltd was established as a company in 1982,
but our history goes back much further.
We are proud of our heritage and strive to deliver products
and services that meet our customers’ high expectations.

1950's

1950

National Collection of Industrial Bacteria announced in Nature

1958

National Collection of Marine Bacteria announced in Nature

1959

The National Collections of Industrial and Marine Bacteria are co-located in Aberdeen

1980's

1981

The National Collections of Industrial and Marine Bacteria are transferred from the UK Civil Service to Aberdeen University Research Services (AURIS)

1982

The collections become NCIMB Ltd, created as a wholly owned subsidiary of AURIS

1983

NCIMB Ltd acquires the status of International Depository Authority under the Budapest Treaty

1990's

1993

The National Collection of Food Bacteria is moved to NCIMB

1997

Sanger sequencing service offered

2000's

2000

NCIMB spun out from AURIS

2006

MARA ecotox testing service launch

2010 to today

2017

NCIMB invested in next generation sequencing capability

2020

Building a network of distributors