• Centre of Excellence in Biofilm Science and Infection Control

  • Effective Scientific and Technical Solutions

  • Internationally Recognised in Infection Prevention and Control

  • Take the Lead in Medical Device Innovation and Development

  • Get Support from Concept to Commercialisation

  • High Quality Scientific Testing Service

  • Pre-clinical Strategy, Evaluation and Technology Due Diligence




Welcome to the 5D Health Protection Group

The 5D Health Protection Group Ltd is a multi award winning leading independent and internationally renowned contract microbiology laboratory, biofilms testing centre and contract research organisation (CRO). With over 25 years of experience as a Centre of Excellence in Biofilm Science (CEBS) we also offer world class testing, research, education, tech transfer and support in biofilm management, prevention and control. All our microbiology, biofilm, cellular and R&D laboratories are regulated by BSi to ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015.

Our Divisions

We operate in two business units with each division focused on different strategies.

The 5D Biolab division focuses on contract scientific, biofilm and microbiology testing services with a suit of laboratories offering world-leading testing in the areas of:

  1. Microbiology and Biofilms 
    1. Antimicrobial efficacy testing
    2. Biofilm model development 
    3. Antibiofilm efficacy testing 
    4. Antibiotic sensitivity testing 
  2. Biologics and Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices (ISO 10993)
    1. Cell and Tissue Culture
    2. Biocompatibility 
  3. Biomaterial analysis and evaluation
  4. Medical device evaluation and testing
    1. wound dressings, catheters, orthopaedics, antimicrobial implants.

The 5D R&D business is an innovation and R&D division with a clear strategy centred on the innovation of new antimicrobials and surfaces, antibiofilm technologies, new biomaterials and diagnostics.  


5D: A World Leading Unique Offering

Understanding the risk of microbial contamination and biofilm formation is half the battle. Having a partner with over 25 years experience, who knows how to mitigate that risk, puts you in a winning position. We bridge the gap between the theoretical and the practical, and are committed to providing solutions. We work with industry, academia, public health bodies and healthcare professionals, by protecting people, products and ideas from the detrimental effects of biofilms and microorganisms.

5D's proficiencies exist across different industry sectors including:

  1. Medical devices
  2. Healthcare
  3. Dentistry
  4. Cosmetics
  5. Veterinary medicine
  6. Water and engineering
  7. Pharmaceuticals


The 5D difference

Certified Microbiology Laboratory and Scientific support

When you are at the limits of your expertise, if your staff are overstretched, or when you need independent evaluation, we can support your operation. Our team can step in, provide help for certain functions, manage, advise or even collaborate on your projects. We know how to use science to boost a brand. We will do what you need with competence and complete professionalism. 

"We make sure sound science supports and backs everything that you do".

Certified Biofilm testing

The real-life environment of many microorganisms is fundamentally different to the laboratory conditions which are commonly used to test antimicrobial agents. As a result, product efficacy is reduced and risks of infection, deterioration and damage increased. When evaluating a new product, we can help you to choose the appropriate biofilm test models to suit the microbes – e.g. aerobes, anaerobes, fungi or yeasts – or develop customised solutions to suit your emerging technology. 

"Getting the scientific testing and evaluation right leads to getting the product right".

Due diligence

Our critical eye, experience and impartiality can protect any organisation. Our due-diligence team is essential for any medical or life-science providers undergoing mergers, in the acquisition process, looking for investment to support expansion, or in the process of licencing new products or technologies. 

"It’s not just health we’re protecting – it’s livelihoods and reputations too".


Winner 2015, 2017, 2018  


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