Commercial research services

We are exceptionally well-equipped with the latest technologies to enable our researchers to stay at the forefront of their fields.

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Industrial partners and other organisations can access some of these facilities and the expert staff who run them.

Protein production

The Edinburgh Protein Production Facility (EPPF) offers rapid solutions to protein production, which underpins many key questions in structural and translational biology.

Our facilities include:

  • High throughput robotic cloning and screening
  • Tissue culture and fermentation suite
  • Automated purification

Drug discovery

We offer a web-based interface to EDULISS, our SQL database of physical, chemical and toxological data on over 5.3 million small molecule structures. It enables you to preselect compounds for any given ligand design problem before beginning protein interaction modelling.

Lidaeus is our in-silico screening program. Its modular nature lets you easily experiment with new scoring and posing methods. Using the University BlueGene L system, it allows you to screen millions of compounds in hours rather than weeks.

Systems biology

We can offer expertise for partners in industry to benefit from practical applications of systems biology.

Our expertise and facilities include:

  • High throughput qRT-PCR using the LightCycler 480 system and Freedom Evo-2 liquid handling platform and robotic workstation
  • LTQ Orbitrap XL mass spectrometry
  • Static modelling and pathway reconstruction
  • Software development

Optical spectroscopy, micromanipulation and imaging

We have developed beneficial partnerships with industry across the full range of our activities at the Collaborative Optical Spectroscopy, Micromanipulation and Imaging Centre ( COSMIC).

Our facilities include:

  • Microscopy and confocal imaging
  • Spectral imaging (FLIM and FRET)
  • Micromanipulation using optical tweezers

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