Contract research

NCIMB undertakes contract research at its sate of the art Aberdeen laboratories. We specialise in assessesing the suitability of microbes for new applications, improving microbial processes and understanding microbial communities.

Mankind has exploited the action of microbes for thousands of years - from the fermentation of yoghurt, beer and bread, to the manufacture of enzymes used in biological detergents and the production of antibiotics, microorganisms make a huge, often unrecognized, contribution to the quality of our modern lives.

This contribution is set to become even more significant. There is an urgent need to replace fossil fuel-based feed stocks with sustainable alternatives, and attention is focused on microbial processes to provide the solution. In addition, recent developments in the understanding of the microbiome, and its importance to human health are opening up potential new approaches to the treatment of a number of serious health conditions.

NCIMB has decades of experience of working with bacteria that have industrial applications across a broad range of industry sectors as well as investigating unwelcome issues arising as a result of microbial activity or contamination. Our expert research staff are here to provide the contract research services you need to support your development projects from the lab through to bioinformatics analysis.

Natural product discovery

A high-quality whole-genome sequence, combined with an exhaustive bioinformatics analysis is an essential first step in the development of new or improved microbial applications and processes.

With our deep microbiological expertise, next-generation sequencing capability and diverse bioinformatics pipelines we can deliver immediate impact for contract research projects that are screening strains for the production of industrially or clinically important secondary metabolites

Microbial community analysis

Metagenomics is the study of DNA recovered directly from environmental samples. It offers a game changing insight into the microbial diversity within all kinds of environments including water, soil, the human gut, production facilities, fermenters and bioreactors.

Shifts in the microbiome can have a  dramatic and sometimes devastating effect.  For example, recent research has associated changes in human gut bacteria with a number of conditions including obesity and recurrent infection.  Within the oil and gas changes in the reservoir microbial community can result in costly souring issues.

Our contract research services can help you to understand the extent,  causes and impacts of changes in microbial communities, track trends, and develop business intelligence around bacteria.

Assessment of strains

NCIMB is equipped undertake a broad range of microbial tests as part of contract research projects that help our customers to identify and assess the suitability of microbial strains for use in industrial processes or products such as animal feed additives and probiotics.

For example, we offer aggregation testing, assessment of mucin adhesion, low pH survivability assays, minimum inhibitory concentration testing and biochemical testing. We can provide comparative genomics of strains as well as check for strain drift and assessment of the suitability of different preservation techniques.

Assay development

Rapid developments in biotechnology are creating new requirements for microbial monitoring and assessment. Is there an assay, that you would like to be developed and delivered by a committed microbiology company?

Please get in touch with us to discuss your research challenges and how our contract research service can help you meet your goals.

Please contact us to find out more about our contract research services.