Gut Microbiome Services
NCIMB supplies strains and provides storage, sequencing and strain characterisation services to support microbiome research and companies developing microbiome and probiotic products.
Supporting the research & development of products for a healthier future
In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the microbiome and how it can impact on human health. NCIMB is a trusted supplier of microbial products and services to companies and researchers working in this field.
Why choose NCIMB?
- NCIMB has a strong track record of working with companies in the microbiome, probiotics and live biotherapeutics sector, supplying strains, offsite storage of biological materials and sequencing services.
- The feedback we receive from our customers tells us that they value the high levels of customer service we provide.
- Our new purpose built laboratories are well equipped for microbiome work and include ACDP category three facilities.
16S Metagenomics for microbial community analysis
Whole genome sequencing and characterisation of probiotic and live biotherapeutic strains
Culture collection - gut commensals
Enumeration of viable bacteria: viability PCR (PMA-qPCR)
Enumeration of viable microorganisms can be a key requirement for microbiome researchers and companies developing probiotic products, but is challenging. There has therefore been growing interest in PMA-qPCR, i.e. a qPCR method that can distinguish between living and dead cells, as a way of addressing this challenge.
At NCIMB we carry out projects to support our customers’ process and product development and have experience of undertaking PMA-qPCR as part of customer projects. If you are interested in exploring the use of viability qPCR within a research project, get in touch to find out more.
NCIMB offers 16S metagenomics analysis and our laboratory scientists are experienced in analysis of faecal samples.
Whole genome sequencing
Characterise strains, monitor for strain drift and compare closely related strains.
Part of the UK's Biological Resource Network, our culture collection includes microbiome strains, fermented foods strains and more.
Detect & quantify
Viability qPCR could be a useful technique in microbiome studies and we have experience using it for customer projects.
Storage & Patent Deposit
NCIMB provides a patent deposit service under the Budapest Treaty, as well as preservation and storage services for biological material.
We undertake contract microbiology research projects for customers and take part in collaborative programs.