Who is Conidia Bioscience?
Conidia are a UK based joint venture between several Scientific and Medical based companies including CABi. They have been trading since 2003 with their first rapid test kit, which was designed for aviation fuels only.
This original aviation test kit has over 320 airlines worldwide using the product –including Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue, and includes more than 25% of the top 100 international and regional airlines. Conidia are members of the Microbial Working Group for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and are a partner with IMarEST – International Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
The science behind all the test kits is from the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau international or CABi for short. Cabi is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation funded by over 40 countries including Australia, USA, UK and Canada.
CABi have great expertise in microbiology across temperate and tropical climates with particular expertise in environmental biology, bio deterioration, and bio remediation. They also have one of the largest collections of microbial resources in the world, with over 20,000 frozen samples and are an accredited research and testing laboratory.
Also, the inventor of the FUELSTAT™ test kits, Dr Joan Kelley, is a Director of both CABi and Conidia Bioscience – which means Conidia have intellectual access to one of the top 3 microbiologists in the world.
Conidia Bioscience Ltd
Bakeham Lane, Egham
Surrey TW20 9TY, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1491 829102
The Inventor and lead PhD on the FUELSTAT™ Project
Joan Kelley – Qualifications: BSc (Hons), BSc Biological Science, PhD Applied Mycology, Cbiol, MIBIOL
“I have worked extensively in the field of applied and environmental mycology both in developed and developing countries. Having previously undertaken the role of Executive Director of CABI’s Bio-service’s I am now Executive Director for CABI’s Global Operations. My background is in the microbial ecology of natural and man-made systems, including biodegradation studies on lignocellulosic materials and research into bio-deterioration of materials. My previous posts have included Officer in Charge of the UK Ministry of Defence Bio-deterioration Laboratory and Lecturer in Microbiology at the Birmingham College of Food and Technology. I am a visiting lecturer/professor at UK and Brazilian Universities and have previously represented the UK on a number of international standards committees. I was the President of the Bio-deterioration Society from 1991-1994 and President of the International Bio-deterioration Association from 1994-1997. Since 2002 I have also been Technical Director of Conidia Bioscience, a spin-off company of CABI, which develops and manufactures rapid diagnostic kits for the detection of fungal contaminants in aviation fuel”. *
*Joan’s profile was extracted from www.cabi.com.