Institute of Food Research transitions into Quadram Institute Bioscience


The new £multi-million food and health research centre that will become the state-of-the-art home for the Quadram Institute is on schedule to be complete by mid-2018.


As a first step to realising the ambition of the Quadram Institute, the Institute of Food Research (IFR) has realigned its science strategy to deliver to the vision of the new Institute. In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in 2018, IFR will transition into Quadram Institute Bioscience today (April 28th 2017). Its company number remains the same as does the registered office until it moves to the new building mid-2018. 

The Quadram Institute will be at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.  It will bring together research teams from the Institute of Food Research, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) and the University of East Anglia, as well as NNUH’s regional gastrointestinal endoscopy unit.  The new institute is being funded by these partners and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  The Quadram Institute will have the capacity for 300 research staff with a further 100 staff supporting one of Europe’s largest endoscopy facilities. It will be engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research.  It will combine scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.  The Quadram Institute will maximise the impact of the unique world-class bioscience cluster based at the Norwich Research Park, including the excellent plant and microbial science at the John Innes Centre and computational science and sequencing expertise at the Earlham Institute.  

A new website for the institute will be launched today (April 28th 2017) at



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About University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a research–intensive university, ranked one of the UK’s top 15 universities, one of Europe’s top 100 and is also in the world’s top 100 for research excellence.

Specialisms range from environmental science and climate change, to health, nutrition and medicine, exploring issues of family and child policy, economics and business through to creative writing.

UEA is a campus university based in Norwich with 15,000 students (4,000 of them postgraduate) and our alumni come from 191 countries around the world.

About Norwich Research Park 

Norwich Research Park is home to over 12,000 people including 75+ companies, 3,000 researchers and clinicians with an annual research spend of over £100 million.  

Norwich Research Park is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, four independent world-renowned research institutes namely the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the John Innes Foundation are also partners.  

The unique benefit of Norwich Research Park is the network of world-leading scientists, entrepreneurs and business within a supportive environment for growth. We continue to attract new partners and businesses to the Park as part of this innovation cluster. 

An Enterprise Zone location providing business rates benefits, the Park offers offices and laboratories on flexible terms as well as 52 hectares of development land, ideal for expanding companies needing bespoke office space and research facilities.


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