About Us

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What We Do

We can assist with screening animal or human tissues, working on quantitative biomarker target validation and distribution, Proof of Concept/Mechanism studies, Tissue Cross-Reactivity screening, Companion Diagnostic testing, Histology, Pathology analysis (Medical and Veterinary), Digital Pathology, Image Analysis and Human tissue sourcing.

HistologiX is also licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to source and store human tissue and has ethical approval to undertake antibody screening in human tissues.

Why Choose Us?

Histologix as a GLP/GCP accredited laboratory, is compliant with all the relevant guidelines associated with undertaking regulatory preclinical safety assessments and assessments of patient samples from clinical trials.

We have two suites of dedicated laboratories situated within BioCity, Nottingham, UK that are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and necessary platforms to support our services.

We can progress as a partner in your drug delivery program, from target identification, through biomarker development, in vivo studies to full clinical trial assessment.

We have an astounding track record and have and 80% customer retention rate.

To grow our company and develop our services, we continually invest in cutting edge equipment to ensure we can deliver results which are robust, consistent, reproducible and accurate to fully meet our client’s requirements.

We work in close collaboration with our clients to become an extension of their in-house teams. But don’t take our word for it. Read what our clients have to say.


HistologiX assisted us with the analysis of tissue samples from our clinical study.  The sample analysis was challenging but HistologiX were very professional and able to meet a very tight deadline.  It was a pleasure to work with them.”

From a Swiss client

We have worked with HistologiX for the past couple of years for all our histology needs. Our projects include both preclinical and clinical samples assessments. The work with clinical samples is highly critical for us, and our partners at HistologiX have always been diligent and flexible and have provided us with good quality results in the timeframe requested. They understand very well our needs and adapt accordingly. We are happy to continue working with HistologiX

Translational Science Director – Clinical Stage Biotechnology Company 

Who We Are

HistologiX was formed in 2005 as an independent GCP and GLP accredited contract research laboratory and has retained this status by inspection from the MHRA. We provide Histology, Immunohistochemistry and Digital Pathology services to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. With our laboratories based in the UK, our customer base is global.

Our Directors, Laboratory Managers, Study Directors and Research Scientists have in excess of 120 years of experience within this niche area. We take great pride in helping our clients accelerate drug development and approval by providing world leading solutions. Our scientific expertise, innovative culture and integrity underpin our brand.

Histologix continues to work closely with a range of clients that include some of the top pharmaceutical companies worldwide as well as small and medium but highly innovative biotechnology companies.

Barbara McManus BSc

Barbara McManus BSc

Managing Director

Barbara began her scientific career within academic research institutes following her graduation from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, before moving into the contract testing industry. Barbara holds more than twenty years of invaluable client management experience within the Life Sciences Sector and has worked for both large multinationals and small business start-ups such as BioOutsource and MD Biosciences. Barbara aims to grow the HistologiX business by focussing on the client needs and leading, mentoring, and empowering people to develop high performing teams. 

James Clay BSc

James Clay BSc

Image Analysis Manager

James began his scientific career as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in diagnostic histopathology at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan, specialising in Immunohistochemistry and routine histopathology.

In 2008, James took a change of direction and transitioned his career over to contract research, joining HistologiX Ltd as a research scientist where he applied his extensive knowledge and experience with IHC assay optimisation to support our client’s studies. Taking lead roles in the design, conduct and reporting of regulatory (GLP) Tissue Cross Reactivity studies with novel therapeutic antibodies, along with routine single and dual-plex IHC assays.

James went on to develop HistologiX Ltd.’s digital pathology capabilities, integrating whole slide imaging with the Hamamatsu NanoZoomer, followed by development of quantitative image analysis services using Indica Labs HALO®. These services revolutionised the way in which we work with histological and immunohistochemical preparations, maximising the value of quantitative data which can be extracted from a sample.

As Image Analysis Manager, with his extensive knowledge of histological, immunohistochemical, digital pathology and quantitative image analysis techniques, James is ideally placed to support our client’s projects throughout the study lifecycle.

Elaine Foster BSc

Elaine Foster BSc

IHC Lab Manager & Study Director

Elaine is the IHC Manager at HistologiX and is responsible for the management and coordination of the IHC studies.

Elaine began her scientific career in the Histopathology department of Queen’s Medical Centre sectioning breast and colon cancer tissues and performing IHC & radioactive-ISH assays.

Elaine moved to a research group within the University of Leicester whose focus was IgA nephropathy. During that time she gained experience in a wide range of techniques, and was responsible for the management of expenditure for the grant accounts and Health and Safety.

At Medical Solutions plc (Source BioScience), Elaine took a change of direction moving working as part of the drug discovery team where she helped set up GLP procedures within the laboratory.

In 2006 she joined HistologiX, initially as a member of the histology and IHC teams and then progressing to IHC lab Manager. With her extensive practical experience of IHC techniques, she is well placed to support clients from project proposal to completion of study report.