Sector Spotlight Food & Health

At Norwich Research Park there is a uniquely multidisciplinary approach to research in the field of food and health and the fundamental relationship between them.

A new £81m Centre for Food and Health will bring together in one building academic researchers, clinicians and patients with a focus on gastroenterology and the gut microbiome, food bioactives, nutrition and safety.

Research Focus

Gut Health and the Microbiome

Unique multidisciplinary programmes focus on how the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and the microbial communities that it hosts, function and protect our health.

Food Bioactives

Many plant based foods contain compounds that may have specific functions within our bodies that maintain health or prevent disease. Scientists are seeking to understand how certain bioactive compounds in foods can keep us healthy.

Food Safety

The Food Safety Centre utilises world-leading expertise on the Norwich Research Park in the areas of Food Microbiology and Food Security. Expertise includes Food Authentication and Bacterial Foodborne pathogens.

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Key Research Organisations

  • Institute of Food Research: renowned UK research centre working in food safety, diet and health, food materials and ingredients.

  • The Earlham Institute: one of the UK leading institutes of world scale, applying genomics and bioinformatics to advance plant, animal and microbial research.

  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Trust: 1,000 bed teaching hospital combining, high-quality clinical and laboratory services with active research programmes.

  • University of East Anglia: UK top 15 university, world top 1% and world leader in environmental sciences with major faculties in Science and Medicine.

Key Business Organisations

  • ABC Food Law: a niche legal practice specialising in the area of food law and related areas for local authorities and food businesses.

  • IFR Extra: a commercial subsidiary of the Institute of Food Research undertaking short-term and applied research projects, trouble-shooting, specialist analysis and consultancy work.

  • Food Forensics: providers of stable isotope ratio analysis of food, beverage and feed stuff.

  • Genome Enterprise Ltd: delivers next-generation sequencing and associated bioinformatic analysis. Services include whole genome sequencing, exome sequencing, transciptomics, metagenomics, methylation sequencing and optical mapping.


  • National Food Databanks: an international resource used by the public and private sector to obtain an understanding of patterns and trends in food composition and consumption, their effects on health and the development of healthier food products.

  • National Collection of Yeast Cultures: one of the largest yeast collections in the world, supported by the BBSRC.

  • Virtual Technology Research and Facilities site: an on-line portal that provides access to a range of research equipment, facilities and platform services. researchfacilities/home.aspx


  • Science: Analytical Services Unit, Proteomics Facility, Human Nutrition Unit. 
  • Space: wide range of commercial laboratories and offices on flexible leases with access to shared laboratory facilities and equipment. 
  • Amenities: café, meeting rooms, free on-site parking and Wi-Fi for visitors.

Park Occupier Benefits

  • Timebank providing free business mentoring by professional service providers.
  • Enterprise Zone business rate discounts.
  • UK Science Park Association and One Nucleus membership benefits.
  • Discounted meeting room rates.
Food and Health


Dr Kenny Lang
Norwich Research Park Management Office
01603 673 671

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