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 committed to delivering the best science. With this aim, we stick tightly to our core specialism and all of our researchers hold PhD’s.

We undertake standard or custom assays on our client’s samples to our client’s specification. In addition, our 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.

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 has spanned numerous senior roles. Most recently, he was Deputy Group CEO at Ahli United Bank. Macer was previously Group Head of Regional Markets at Standard Chartered PLC, where he spent 7 years as a Managing Director.

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

Dr Kevin Thompson

Operations Manager

Kevin has 25-years Pharma, Biotech and CRO experience. He joined Gifford Bioscience in 2019 from a position as director of Screening and Operations at a UK Biotech. Kevin has considerable in vitro screening experience applied to diverse therapeutic targets. He applies his in-depth knowledge of binding kinetics to also oversee the SPR (Biacore) assay services. Kevin is a Biology graduate and was awarded his DPhil in Neurobiology, both at Sussex University.

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