Celebrating 70 years

Seventy years ago today, on the 1st of July 1950, the creation of a National Collection of Industrial Bacteria was announced in Nature. The collection took over the non-pathogenic cultures held by the National Collection of Type Cultures, and was reported to house some 350 types. The number was expected to increase considerably as the collection became more representative of the needs of industry. This collection went on to merge with the National Collections of Marine, and then Food Bacteria to create the collection that NCIMB curates today. We now …

Coronavirus Response Statement

By Carol Phillips, CEO Like everyone else, NCIMB has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic and we have been adopting advice from the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the World Health Organisation as and when it has been released.  Protecting our staff, suppliers and stakeholders is our main priority while minimising disruption to essential products and services. We have increased measures at our site, including increased cleaning and limiting non-essential travel and visitors. We are now also working with a reduced staff …

NCIMB makes two new appointments to support continued growth

To support continued growth, Aberdeen-based microbiology, analytical services and biological material storage company NCIMB has appointed Dr Jude Huggan as Business Development Manager, and Dr Carol Devine to the post of Consultant Microbiologist. NCIMB’s microbial cultures and analytical services are used around the globe in research and innovation programmes, and for procedures such as quality control, intellectual property protection, microbial identification, corrosion risk-assessment and environmental monitoring.  Customers include companies in the pharmaceutical, food & drink, oil & gas, agriculture and environmental sectors, as well as academia. Jude, who holds a …

Strain with plant-pathogen control potential now available from NCIMB

Recent additions to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria include a strain with potential as a biocontrol agent. NCIMB 15235 Serratia inhibens was isolated from a potato rhizosphere and deposited in the NCIMB collection by scientists from the University of Copenhagen.  A draft genome sequence has been published in Microbiology Resource Announcements. The authors state that the application of rhizosphere biocontrol bacteria to control plant-pathogenic fungi is an alternative approach to the use of chemical agents, and that the genomic data provide insight into the genetics underpinning …

Planning for Business Growth?

By Dr Carol Phillips IBioIC is a valuable support network for industrial biotechnology and I am looking forward to chairing the session on planning for business growth at this week’s annual conference. Biotech companies often start small and grow quickly. But the growth that investors are looking for, and that CEOs and their teams are working so hard to achieve, can present many challenges. How do you market your products in the right way to the right people? How do you scale up your processes and ensure that your workforce has …

Recent additions to NCIMB include Halophiles from the world’s oldest salt mine

Recent additions to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria include three moderate halophiles. Moderate halophiles NCIMB 15224 Aquisalibacillus elongatus, NCIMB 15225 Salinicoccus sesuvii and NCIMB 15226 Halomonas aquamarina, were all isolated from saline soil of the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan and deposited at NCIMB by scientists from the Fatima Jinnah Women University. The Khewra salt mine, reported to be the oldest salt mine in the world, is known for production of pink Khewra salt. Salt mines are a popular destination for microbiologists with an interest in …