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Our journey


IGFS team receive Innovators Award Project

Our first step into authenticity analysis. This is a project with PerkinElmer on Raman analysis of oil adulteration.

IGFS team receive Seed Award Project

A project with Thermo using Antaris II NIR on contamination of cereals.



IGFS team awarded R&D Grant InvestNI

An InvestNI funded project using Raman for contamination issues in oils used in animal feed and NIR for melamine adulteration of soya meal.

QSAFFE (Quality and Safety of Feeds and Food for Europe) project funded

An EU FP7 Funded project, coordinated by Queen’s University, using NIR and Raman for country of origin and contamination issues with feed ingredients.



FSA Project

A Food Standards Agency sponsored project using NIR and Raman to detect Sudan dye adulteration of chili powders.

Horse Meat Crisis

Prof Chris Elliott appointed by UK government to undertake review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks. This is a catalyst for growth of our authenticity testing activities.



InvestNI Proof of Concept Project funded – 
lab based testing

InvestNI funded project using FTIR to detect adulteration of oregano – this is the development and validation of the lab-based testing service we use today.

InvestNI Proof of Concept Project funded – investigation of the use of portable platforms

InvestNI funded project using handheld NIR to detect adulteration of herbs which forms the basis of our potable testing development progamme.



IGFS research team successful in getting onto the ICURe programme.

We discovered through this accelerator programme that our work has commercial value. We surveyed key customers, gained their insight and officially launched Bia Analytical.

Company successfully applies to InnovateUK for ICURe follow on funding

We accelerated our growth further by securing additional funding.



Bia Analytical trademark secured and we begin trading under the name of Bia Analytical.

Commercialisation of our services continues with further significant investment.

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