NCIMB is a specialist microbiological and chemical services company.


For over 50 years we have been building and managing what is now the largest industrial, marine and food bacterial collection in the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of commercial microbiology services to diverse sectors within industry. Our services are primarily founded on our heritage of managing, understanding and exploiting bacteria for the commercial benefit of our customers.

These services include:

  • National Collection of Industrial Food & Marine Bacteria.
  • Sales of bacterial reference cultures and Quality Control strains.
  • Biomaterial storage – Confidential storage of key commercial strains for patent and safe deposit. Also cGMP secure storage.
  • cGMP Microbial Identification – rapid identification of environmental isolates by genotypic and phenotypic methods.
  • Oilfield Services - Chemical, microbial and radiological environmental services to the oil and waste sectors.
  • Ecotoxicity Services – manufacturers and suppliers of MARA bacterial multispecies toxicity testing system, ecotoxicity testing services .

NCIMB houses more than 8000 organisms of interest or importance to a variety of sectors including environmental, agricultural, pharmaceutical, industrial and food. This collection of micro-organisms is maintained for scientists throughout the UK and the rest of the world to study and use. NCIMB, and the many collections like it, are potential reservoirs of as yet untapped and undiscovered natural resources that could help solve many of man’s present and future problems.

NCIMB has a track record of achievement, as recognised by the following standards and awards:

  • Compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice.
  • BS EN ISO 9001:2008.
  • Investors in People standard.
  • Member of CABRI (Common Access to Biological Resources and Information).


Ferguson Building
Craibstone Estate
AB21 9YA

01224 711100