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Technology Platforms

Our partner organisations have a great variety of technology platforms that allow them to use their expertise to offer bespoke services to academic and commercial organisations and we’ve listed them below.

John Innes Centre

Germplasm Resource Unit

World-leading resource of genetic diversity in crops.

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State-of-the-art microscopes providing the highest quality images.

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Biophysical Analysis

Observation and measurements analysing the strength of interactions between biomolecules.

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Crop Transformation and Genome Editing

Providing the wider research community with access to a range of crop transformation and genome editing resources.

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Providing expertise and staff training in various aspects of organic chemistry to scientists across the Norwich Research Park and commercial partners.

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Entymology and Insectary

Specialised undertaking and supporting invertebrate-related studies

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Field Trials

There are a range of facilities on-site and at a nearby farm, that allow field experiments in an agricultural situation

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The John Innes Centre offers four Genotyping and DNA extraction services

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Deep and wide-ranging expertise across the many areas in which biology and computing intersect

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Supporting studies of plant and microbial metabolism and carrying out metabolomic studies and small molecule analysis

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Powerful structural and analytical methodologies which are capable of providing atomic level information about molecules

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Protein Crystallography

Determining three-dimensional structures of proteins (or macromolecules) starting from a purified sample

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Identifying the entire protein complement (proteome) of a sample, whether from a cell or whole organism

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TILLING, Mutant Screening and Reverse Genetics

High throughput capabilities useful to researchers where work carried is carried out in 96 well plate format. Support with large scale PCR and sanger sequencing, as well as screening of gene edited lines

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Earlham Institute

Advanced Sequencing

Bespoke genomics services from genome experts.

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Single Cell Genomics

Support for all stages of a single-cell genomics analysis, from cell isolation, to library preparation, sequencing and analysis

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Earlham Biofoundry

Suites of laboratory automation that can be applied to numerous molecular and microbiological workflows.

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High Performance Computing

Specialising in developing bioinformatics services and information systems for data and software distribution, data sharing, and cloud computing.

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Quadram Institute/NNUH

Food/Digestion Studies

  • Interfacial Tension
  • Particle Size Analysis
  • Emulsion Stability
  • Rheology
  • Colon Model (e.g. in vitro digestion)
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  • Core bioinformatics
  • Genomic sequencing
  • Cloud infrastructure for Big Data Microbial Bioinformatics


  • Host DNA depletion of food samples for metagenomics
  • QI MetaGenomics for Intestinal Infection
  • Pathogen ID and AMR via metagenomics


  • High Content Imaging
  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Assessment of biofilm formation

Food Safety Expertise

  • Evaluate efficacy of novel biocides
  • Sample flow optimisation for metagenomics

Other Expertise

  • Metabolomics
  • Glycomics
  • Identification of diagnostic markers
  • CRISPR/cas target detection

Translational Opportunities

  • LBPs/probiotics – large strain library
  • TraDIS platforms
  • BEVs/OMV technology

Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

  • Clinical Space for trials
  • DXA Scanner
  • Sample processing laboratory
  • Food Grade Catering/Kitchen
  • Research Food Storage
  • Participant lounge and diner


gut-on-chip and organoid platform

Food Databanks National Capability FDNC

  • Food Composition
  • Dietary Assessment through apps
  • Meal reformulation through data science

QIB Extra

  • Clostridium botulinum challenge testing
  • Food authentification: Coffee, Buffalo Mozarella, bespoke
  • Food Safety- Microbiology
  • Comsultancy
  • Bespoke fee for service work


  • Bespoke sample collection
  • Sample transportation and archiving
  • Sample storage
  • Virtual tissue banking
  • Associated data collections
  • Informed ethical donor consent

NNUH Endoscopy Centre

Endoscopy and bowel cancer screening

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)

  • Culture Supply
  • QC, Identification and Strain Authentification
  • Yeast Banking

Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS)

Food labels regulation compliance

University of East Anglia

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Platform

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy facilities for structural and analytical studies.

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Bio Imaging Platform

Dedicated facilities for high quality image analysis and 3D reconstruction.

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Structural Imaging platform

Specialist microscopes and high resolution imaging services

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X-ray platform

Advanced X-ray analysis platform offering access to state-of-the-art single crystal and powder diffractometers.

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Stable Isotope Platform

Analytical services in bulk solid samples.

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Elemental Analysis platform

Specialist instrumentation providing quantitative and qualitative element analysis on wide range of solid and liquid samples.

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Mass Spectrometry Platform

Mass Spectroscopy instruments which offer analysis of a range of different samples.

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Anatomy Suite

Embalmed and fresh-frozen cadaveric material, a large sample of prosections and anatomical models, a contemporary audio-visual system, and electronic tablets to support learning.

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Biomedical Research Centre

Research focuses on the biology of human disease and the development of novel therapies. It is a collaborative research environment containing teams from the Faculty of Science and the Norwich Medical School.

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Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology Centre (NEAT)

Unique fully interactive and furnished ‘bungalow’ to offer the best in assistive technology equipment including interactive AV systems.

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Sleep and Brain Research Unit

Specialised research facility dedicated to investigating the role of sleep in human health.

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