Bespoke & Custom Studies

We understand that all our clients have specific needs and that there isn’t always a one size fits all approach. Tell us about your regulatory, research or development challenge and we will work with you to find the solution. Our highly integrated and experienced teams work in a collaborative, manner and possess the expertise to design and execute a broad range of bespoke acute & chronic studies.  We have a proven ability to provide high quality, non-standard regulatory testing solutions, including the provision of novel study designs, target specific species, distinct environmental conditions, in freshwater, marine & sediment test systems in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

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Our capabilities

Uniquely our facility is capable of offering a combination of:

  • Novel engineering solutions to deal with the most complex challenges. Contingent on the test species, our facility can supply vast quantities of test medium to a test rig. In excess of 250,000 Litres of test medium can be provided during a 28-day chronic study, (approximately 7000 Litres a day). This permits replacement of individual test vessels >250 times in a 24hour period. This is subject to the optimum parameters determined for a given test species, typically this is determined as part of a dosing trial.
  • Technical expertise to guide the study design process, ensuring the most robust test systems, high quality data to ensure all study endpoints are met.
  • In house sampling and analysis by a dedicated team of analytical chemists, supported with the latest analytical instrumentation and sample preparation equipment.

Bespoke studies

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Our facility is equipped with direct access to abstract an unlimited supply of seawater, which is treated, held and delivered to testing laboratories via a dedicated plant room facility, maintained by our expert engineers and dedicated husbandry team. Our team has experience of culturing and supporting laboratory testing for acute and chronic end points.  Some recent examples of the following non-standard test species and test designs are:  .

Environmental Risk Assessment for a biocidal product in a marine application. Test species:  Sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus) & the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas)

Scymaris is able to source and house sea urchins and oysters to provide adult exposure data for a client as part of the environmental risk assessment for biocidal products used in aquaculture industry. 

Novel biodegradability study for a consumer product: The ready biodegradability of woven and nonwoven wet wipes in aerated and sealed bottle test systems …investigating (miniature) fatbergs.

In recent years wet wipes have become a convenient method of cleaning and disinfecting for a variety of applications (baby wipes, make-up removal, household and commercial cleaning), in this project looked at whether there was any difference between the biodegradation of woven and nonwoven wipes and whether any difference in biodegradation was observed in aerated and sealed bottle ready biodegradation test systems.

Bespoke study example: A modified OECD 308 – Aerobic Transformation of a Biocide in an Aquatic Marine Sediment System at 9°C

A modified OECD 308 study was performed at a constant 9°C for 90 days to determine the amount and rate of degradation of a biocide at the more environmentally relevant temperature of 9°C, than the OECD 308 guideline temperature of 20°C.

Need a standard test? Search our full range of non-bespoke studies by browsing our catalogue.

Why our customers choose us

  • Our foundation is a heritage of over 65 years experience in serving pharmaceutical,  agrochemical and chemical industries
  • Modern and sophisticated world class facility​
  • Proven marine, freshwater and environmental fate/metabolism & biodegradation capabilities​
  • Experienced staff with deep knowledge of the industry and laboratory science​
  • Commitment to a controlled and carefully planned execution of studies based on excellence  in science and project management​

Need a standard, non-bespoke test?

We can offer a wide range of study specific standard and non-standard species and study types.

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