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Welcome to the National Diagnostics Centre     


The National Diagnostics Centre (NDC) is a Applied Bio-Sciences Research and Development Centre located at the National University of Ireland, Galway since 1987. It was initially established as a constituent centre of BioResearch Ireland (BRI), a partnership between five Irish Universities and the Government, with the goal of developing an R&D structure in selected areas of biotechnology within Ireland, which would contribute to the development and competitiveness of the Irish Bio-industry sector.  Since November 2003, the NDC is directly managed by the University, receiving financial support from Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government enterprise development agency.


The NDC has dedicated laboratories on campus at NUI, Galway and maintains a staff of approximately 40 experienced research scientists, focusing on three major research themes: 

  • Immunodiagnostics

  • Nucleic acid-based diagnostics

  • Gene regulation and differential expression. 

  In each of these areas, the focus has been on development and broadening the applications of new technologies relevant to the bio-sciences field.  There is considerable expertise at the Centre in basic biochemical, microbiological and molecular biology techniques and a good understanding of the demands of commercial research, many of the research personnel having previous industrial experience.  NDC personnel also interact closely with their academic colleagues at NUI, Galway , in particular, and have strong collaborative links with national and international research groups.

Since it was established, the NDC has made a significant contribution to the development of the Irish bio-science industry sector and to boosting the profile of bio-science research in Ireland.  Through its collaborative research activities, it has ensured that a high level of expertise is available for exploitation by Biotechnology companies within Ireland , both indigenous and foreign.  Its research activities have led to the development of new products and processes, which are available for licensing by national and international companies and which have been the basis of a start-up company.  It has provided a contract research service to an industry, which to date has limited facilities for in-house R&D.  The NDC has also undertaken an important training role, ensuring an adequate supply of trained personnel for development of bio-science companies within Ireland.

Key NDC personnel also represent the recently-established Enterprise Ireland Biotechnology Directorate ( on the NUI Galway campus.  The challenge facing this directorate is to ensure that the significant scientific investment in biotechnology R&D in Ireland will benefit the Irish bio-science industry sector by conversion into commercial reality.

National Diagnostics Centre
National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)91.512266 , Fax: +353 (0) 91.586570 , E-mail: