Insight Blog Series

Our Insight series contains articles from scientists in the biofilm community – including opinion and thought leadership pieces and reviews of industry/market trends.

Research, Innovation and University Engagement

Research, Innovation and University Engagement

What is research? This is a question that requires some thought, especially when research is being carried out by a partnership between a university and a company. Our partner Dr Gill Westgate, from Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK), looks at research and development in the...

Concluding the Oral Care Industry Appeal with CCUK

Concluding the Oral Care Industry Appeal with CCUK

Having worked with the Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK) on an appeal for companies operating in the oral care sector, we would like to conclude this call. We have reached out to industry and encouraged SME’s to come forward and join NBIC as an industry partner, for...

Microbiome-targeted skincare

Microbiome-targeted skincare

Our Senior Innovation Consultant, Dr Katerina Steventon was one of the speakers at the Cosmetics Business Future of Clean Skincare event which took place on 15 September. We’ve put together some key points from her presentation surrounding microbiome-targeted...

How to manage and influence the skin microbiome

How to manage and influence the skin microbiome

New approaches to the skin microbiome have evolved over recent years; the industry started to view ‘the microbial layer’ as the most outer layer of our body e.g. the Givaudan-termed ‘Stratum microbium™' and acknowledged the importance of bacteria on the skin, renaming...

Open Innovation for SMEs in the Personal Care Sector 

Open Innovation for SMEs in the Personal Care Sector 

Open Innovation is often ‘an innovation in itself’; it enables a company to integrate external knowledge and ideas and co-create products or services, commercialise existing technologies or improve competencies in new markets. Successful open innovation increases...

CITER research webinar: Biofilms in Health and Disease

CITER research webinar: Biofilms in Health and Disease

On 24 June 2020, Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) hosted their first virtual research webinar, Biofilms in Health and Disease, giving researchers a unique opportunity to discuss rapid advances that have developed in the field over the past...

Innovation in Skin Microbiome Diversity

Innovation in Skin Microbiome Diversity

The theme for World Microbiome Day 2020 is ‘Diversity’ - celebrating diversity of microbes, microbiome habitats, diets to feed and fuel microbiomes and the diversity among microbiome researchers. In this blog, our Senior Innovation Consultant, Dr Katerina Steventon...

What is the microbiome and how does this impact on biofilms?

What is the microbiome and how does this impact on biofilms?

There has been a huge explosion of interest and publications in the role of microbiome, which is defined as all of the genetic material within the collection of microorganisms in a specific niche, such as the human gut or the skin. Importantly, getting data on the...

Bacteriophages: the good guys on the viral block

Bacteriophages: the good guys on the viral block

The recent Covid-19 crisis may have completely changed our approach to phage technology. Dr Ron Dixon is an Associate Professor within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln. He shares with us his topical discussions with fellow scientists and...

Bacteriophage and biofilms

Bacteriophage and biofilms

There is a requirement for science and technology to push towards advancement and offer medical solutions which, whilst addressing the difficult problems facing humanity in post Covid-19 era, are also safe. The use of Bacteriophage in medicine represents an old...

Is bacteriophage technology the innovation to make food safe?

Is bacteriophage technology the innovation to make food safe?

The food industry has commercially exploited phage technology to its full potential so far. The available phage based products for the food industry against Listeria sp. or Escherichia coli have bactericidal effects akin to biofilm prevention. Some of these...