History

As a company, Bia Analytical was established in June 2020 to support the food sector in detecting food fraud by providing ISO 17025 accredited authenticity testing services. Bia Analytical has been operating since 2018 at Queen’s University’s Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) in Belfast.

The catalyst behind Bia Analytical came as a result of the Horsemeat Scandal report by Prof. Chris Elliott in 2014. As a result of this and other high profile cases of food fraud, we identified a market for the provision of commercial integrity and authenticity testing for food and drinks.

Following a review of existing lab-based methodology, we highlighted the opportunity to create a faster, more reliable testing process that could then be simplified to reach a broader user base within the commercial sector.

2009/10

IGFS team receive Innovators Award Project

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

2010

IGFS team receive Seed Award Project

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

2011

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.

2011

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.

2012

FSA Project

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

2013

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.

2014

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.

2016

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.

2018

IGFS research team successful in getting onto the ICURe programme. Successfully present at ICURe options roundabout – Reviewers suggest Spin out the research

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

2019

Company successfully applies to InnovateUK for ICURe follow on funding

We accelerated our growth further by securing additional funding.

2020

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

Company successfully completes investment round

Commercialisation of our services continues with further significant investment.

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