About Us

Gifford Bioscience is a preclinical contract research organization (CRO) providing services in radioligand binding assays, receptor affinity and occupancy studies and autoradiography.

We are a premium provider. We adhere tightly to our core specialism and our researchers all hold PhD’s.

We undertake standard or custom assays on our client’s samples to our client’s specification. Additional capabilities include assay design, cell culture, in-house production of membrane preparations and assays requiring human or animal tissue. 

We are based at The BioHub Birmingham, on the University of Birmingham’s research park. We maintain a strategic relationships with the University for access to its Human Biomedical Resource Centre, Protein Expression Facility and Biomedical Services Unit.

CONTACT US for a chat. We are always happy to discuss potential requirements and assay design.

Two-thirds of our business is repeat business, coming from scientists we have worked with before.


“Thank you very much for the reliable and professional collaboration. It was a pleasure working with Gifford. Further collaboration using rat spinal chord sections are, therefore, definitely an option.”

Preclinical Research Manager, German Pharma, Jan 2020

“If I haven’t told you before – you are all truly wonderful. Thank you sincerely for your ongoing support and collaboration.”

VP of Drug Development, Australian Biotech, Nov 2019

An international customer base:

54% of our clients are from the USA, 26% from Europe, 20% from Asia/Pacific.


“KD determination of drug binding to targets, by equilibrium and kinetic measurements, is an essential component of our mechanism of action analyses for drug development. Gifford Bioscience performs this service using radionuclides with the highest quality, in a cost effective and timely manner.”

Director of Biology, Californian Biotech, June 2019

I was at a loss for how to show loss of a 5-HT7 receptor in a newly created KO rat, given that neither PCR nor antibody-based methods could do so.  Turning to autoradiography saved the day. At every step along the way, you kept me informed as to the status of the preliminary work done prior to the formal experiment, and then the experiment itself. When the final experiment was done, you sent me results in a well documented report that was incredibly detailed and helpful. THANK YOU for making this happen.

Professor, MSU, May 2019

“We have received outstanding professional service from Gifford Bioscience Limited for our radioligand assays. We receive timely updates at each phase of our project. Moreover, the team at Gifford Bioscience provides its expert advice on the experimental design and analyses, in addition to actually performing the experiments. We strongly recommend Gifford Bioscience to scientists/researchers for their radioligand binding related assays.”

Researcher, US University, March 2019

The Management Team

Dr Andrew Gifford 

Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

Andrew was previously a Senior Scientist in the radiopharmaceutical development program at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York. As a Principal Investigator, he has been responsible for the preclinical development of a variety of radiolabeled drugs. Techniques employed in his academic laboratories were primarily radiometric ligand binding and occupancy assays, radiolabeling chemistry and autoradiography.

Andrew is a graduate of Imperial College, London and was awarded his PhD in Pharmacology by the University of St. Andrews.

He is an author of 52 peer-reviewed publications.

Mr Macer Gifford

Managing Director

Macer is a banker by profession. His 25 year career in finance has spanned numerous senior roles. Most recently, he was Deputy Group CEO at Ahli United Bank. Macer was previously a Managing Director then Group Head at Standard Chartered PLC, where he assumed overall responsibility for the management of the Group’s balance sheet.

Macer is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School.

Dr Kevin Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin has a wealth of industry experience, encompassing both sides of the big pharma (Knoll Pharmaceutical) / CRO (BioFocus) relationship. In his 25 year career, Kevin has also worked for several biotechs: he joined Gifford Bioscience in 2019 from Chronos Therapeutics, where he was director of Screening and Operations. Kevin has a deep knowledge of in vitro screening applied to diverse therapeutic targets. He uses his in-depth understanding of binding kinetics to oversee our SPR (Biacore) assay services.

Kevin is a Biology graduate and was awarded his DPhil in Neurobiology, both at Sussex University.

He is an author of 30 peer-reviewed publications.


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