to give you the edge
KNIGHT Scientific is all about research and innovation and we are attracting world-wide interest in our unique natural product tests that are used to optimise formulations, measure ingredient activity, quantify synergy and ensure perfectly matched products. But that's just a part of our offering that spans the worlds of sports performance, health, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, animal welfare, workplace sickness management and research.
What can we do for you?
SPORTS MEDICINE: Knight Scientific’s unique ABELsport finger-prick blood test is made for athletes to prevent over-training, detect infection, optimise performance and enhance nutrition. We can test for you in our lab or you can use the portable ABELmeter to test individuals or the team just about anywhere; on the pitch, by the track or beside the pool - and the results are ready in less than 20 minutes. "Who should I push and who should I rest?" This is what coaches want to know and the ABELsport test provides the answer. For more information click here.
NATURAL PRODUCT TESTING: ABEL-RAC™ is used by growers, supplement manufacturers and processors of natural products to perfectly match ingredients, batch to batch and to ensure the final product, when formulated and manufactured in bulk, delivers exactly the same antioxidant power as demonstrated during the development stage. The method is an accurate measure of how ingredients and finished products withstand attack by a whole range of specific reactive oxygen species and it is also the only method than can accurately quantify synergy between ingredients in your products. For more information on ABEL-RAC™ and ABEL-RAC™ Vegan - please click here.
ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENT TESTING: With a growing understanding of how antioxidants work in the body it is essential that antioxidant supplements are used appropriately and not allowed to down regulate the body’s own endogenous antioxidant defence mechanisms. However, during intense exercise, the body’s own antioxidant defences are vastly over whelmed by the reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated in the muscles. We can measure antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress of blood, optimise product formulations, recommend interventions, design trials to test the efficacy of your products as well as provide you with all you need to carry out the trials yourself. Learn about our unique ABEL® (Analysis By Emitted Light) products, including our go-anywhere ABELmeter™.
ASSAYS AND TEST KITS: Research scientists the world over use our Cell Activation and Antioxidant Test Kits - all based on ABEL (Analysis By Emitted Light) technology and containing the light-emitting protein Pholasin, an ultra-sensitive luminescence detector of free radicals and other reactive oxygen-containing species (ROS). Our assays, unique to Knight Scientific, can run on microplate readers with up to 384 wells including the Hamamatsu FDSS/μCELL - and the sensitivity of Pholasin means our assays can extend the capabilities of even such a high-end piece of lab equipment.
WELLBEING: Need to know if someone's diet is healthy enough for their lifestyle or if they have underlying conditions? Our simple finger-prick blood test gives you that information, plus a reliable antioxidant score for future comparison. Healthcare providers and physicians value the insights the test provides, while employers can use it to monitor their employees' health and encourage lifestyle changes to reduce sickness absence.
CONTRACT TESTING: We carry out testing for companies around the world, including household-name cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals companies. Please contact us if you would like to discuss testing.
QUALITY CONTROL: We can analyse ingredients, help improve shelf-life, and test for batch-to-batch conformity. We specialise in antioxidant activity.
CLAIMS SUBSTANTIATION: Hard-earned reputations can be torn to shreds if product claims don't stand up to scrutiny, whether those claims concern efficacy, durability or suitability. We help clients defend their claims to the Advertising Standards Authority but prefer to help them draft and test the claims they want to make before launch.
RESEARCH: We have a worldwide reputation for research and innovation - on our own, partnering, or leading projects - in fields including restorative medicine, wound healing, biocompatability of medical devices, animal health, and sexually-transmitted infections. Click here to read more.
It has taken 2000 years for a mollusc to travel from the gourmet’s table to the scientist’s laboratory. The journey started with Pliny in AD 70 and reached its first climax when the luminescent protein produced by the marine rock-boring mollusc Pholas dactylus was first used by Drs Jan and Robert of Knight Scientific Limited (KSL) as a laboratory tool.
Since this use of Pholasin®, the name for the light-emitting protein used in the measurement of the real time production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) activation of white blood cells, there have been many applications of KSL’s ABEL® (Analysis By Emitted Light) kits containing Pholasin®. To find out more click here.
At the top of our game
TEAM doctors and nutritionists from several Premier League football teams are in talks with Knight Scientific about our unique overtraining prediction test that can also detect infections sometimes up to 48 hours before any symptoms appear. Meanwhile, Plymouth Argyle FC has been using our test since for over a year - and John Harbin, the team's Performance Manager, describes it as "a Godsend".