Our scientists work at the interface of industry, academia and medicines regulation, collaborating with manufacturers, regulators and control laboratories and researchers worldwide to support the use and development of biological medicines. Because of their specialist expertise, NIBSC scientists are often required to respond rapidly to public health emergencies, such as pandemic influenza, or safety issues associated with use of biologics.
We also help to develop national and international policies related to the use of biological medicines, sharing our knowledge and expert advice with key committees and policy making bodies.
To allow us to protect and improve public health we receive some core funding from the UK Department of Health, and also supply reference materials and undertake control testing. Our scientific research is supported by external research grant funding secured from a range of international as well as national grant awarding bodies.