5D Health Protection Group limited

multi award winning microbiology laboratory

About Us

About Us

Its starts with a conversation…

Whether you need expert advice to bring your new product to market or help to discover the right customised test for your contract research project, 5D Health Protection Group is here to support you on every step of your biomedical research journey. Led by world renowned microbiologists, we are at the forefront of research in Biofilms, Wound care, Antimicrobials, MedTech and Virology and offer a full service approach to research and testing at our in-house specialist UK facilities. 

In particular, we have exceptional skills in standard and customised microbiological, antibiofilm, biological and antimicrobial testing. We have over 28 years experience in developing ‘fit for purpose’ scientific research and models that mimic, as close as possible, the complexities of ‘real-life’.

Our Liverpool site is segregated into independent laboratory areas that provide a wide range of scientific testing support services.

With a dedicated team of very highly skilled PhD scientists with specialisms in an array of different fields including microbiology, biofilms, antimicrobials, biologics, cellular biology, regenerative medicine, biomaterials, clinical engineering, chemistry and diagnostics and biosensors, 5D are able to offer a flexible service to deliver on all your existing and on-going scientific needs.

The 5D group work closely with our global customers who operate in many different sectors. These sectors include medical devices, wound care, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics & personal care, veterinary medicine, oral care & dentistry, food & drink, infection prevention & control, built environment, industrial & engineered systems and potable water.

We also provide and develop customer specific CPD accredited training courses as part of the 5D Education Academy.

As a ‘one stop shop for all microbiology and scientific testing’ the 5D group also provide on-going advice and support to our customers during their development of technical files and design dossiers for CE marks and 510k submissions.

At 5D we are always advancing our skills and knowledge to improve on our existing scientific service offerings to our customers.

For further information on our scientific testing services please contact us on + 44 (0)151 702 9492 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Company Achievements

Certified by BSi for ISO 9001:2015
Certified by BSi for ISO 13485:2016
Accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025:2017

CPD Accredited Training Courses - 2020
Winner of 3 Innovate UK funding competitions - 2016, 2017, 2018
Winner of the monthly Merseyside Innovation Award competition May 2018
Winner of the Annual Merseyside Innovation Award competition 2018
Winner of 7 National Biofilm Innovation Centre (NBIC) funding competitions 2019, 2020, 2021 
Winner of the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards - Best Global Microbiology Laboratory 2019

Winner of Northern Enterprise Awards - Best Contract Microbiology Laboratory 2020

Winner of the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards - Best CRO and Biofilm-Antibiofilm Centre 2020

Winner of Global Health & Pharma Excellence Awards - Best Contract Research and Microbiology Testing Organisation 2021 

Prof Steven Percival

Chief Executive Officer

Steven has over 28 years’ experience at senior management and Vice President levels in R&D, commercial and general management gained in FTSE 100, AIM listed and privately owned companies involved in medical device development, biomedical R&D, academic research and public health.

He has also invented and developed many medical devices that continue to be sold globally. Steven also holds the position of honorary Professor at The University of Liverpool. He has a PhD in biofilms and microbiology, an MSc in Health Sciences, an MSc in Medical Microbiology and a diploma in business administration. He has written over 430 scientific publications and conference abstracts and edited/authored eight textbooks and provided over 300 presentations worldwide. He sits on many international panels and industrial advisory boards linked to medical devices, woundcare, biofilms, antimicrobials, infection prevention and control.

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Mr Martin Crowe

Finance Director

Martin is a CIMA Qualified accountant with over 30 years experience at Financial Director level.

He has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology industries having worked at Corning Inc, J Bibby Science Products, Advanced Medical Solutions Plc and Sants Pharmaceuticals. With a good understanding of a range of manufacturing industries, Martin uses his commercial insight to streamline business processes, improve financial control, and increase efficiency.

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Dr Karen Matthews

Non-Executive Director

Karen is a lawyer with over 30 years legal experience, is qualified to practice law in the U.K. and the U.S. (Florida), and is a Governance Professional.

In addition to her professional qualifications she holds an LL.B (hons) and a Juris Doctor (cum laude). She has worked in private practice in the U.K., the U.S. and Hong Kong and in-house in the U.S. for Tech Data Corporation and in the U.K. for Alfred McAlpine Plc and Advanced Medical Solutions Group Plc. She has served as a non-executive on the board of Parkhaven Trust, a residential care home charity and is a current non-executive trustee for the SBA, the Solicitors' Charity.

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Dr Stephen Law

Research & Innovation Manager

Stephen has over 30 years experience gained in many multinational organisations involved in product development and R&D.

He has extensive knowledge and skills in polymeric materials including fibres and films, membranes and beads particularly in textile fibres, composites and medical fibres for woundcare. Steven has a PhD from Leeds University gained in the Department of Textile Industries, where he won the Paul Schlack Man-made Fibres prize 1999.

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Dr Fergus Watson

Operations Manager & Principal Microbiologist

Fergus has over 10 years of microbiology, antimicrobials, biofilms, decontamination, product development and scientific research experience gained while working as a senior scientist, product manager and laboratory manager at Bioquell UK Ltd and Ecolabs.

He holds a first class honour degree in biological sciences and a PhD in microbiology and biofilms from the University of Southampton. Fergus has authored many research publications in microbiology, infection and antimicrobial testing and development.

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Dr Neville Freeman

Principal Scientist

Neville is Principal Scientist at the 5D Health Protection Group. He has worked for numerous multi national companies and SME’s, in senior roles contributing to new and innovative products, engaged both with the fundamental science and the commercialisation.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and hold a visiting position at Manchester University (Physics Department). Neville has been invited to speak at scientific conferences in Europe, USA and Far East. Other honours have included invitations to exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition and present at the British Association’s Festival of Science. He has served on national (e.g. IEE nanotechnology committee) and regional steering groups and won awards (e.g. National Measurement Award, National Physical Laboratory) and regional awards (e.g. Merseyside Innovation Award). He has published 34 journal papers and contributed to 25 patents.

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Dr Rui Chen

Senior Scientist – Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering & Biologics

Dr Chen has over 20 years experience in the fields of cell biology, biocompatibility, inflammation, wound modelling, biomaterials, tissue engineering and product development.

Dr Rui Chen gained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2001 and then developed a successful research career as a PDRA and senior scientist working with a number of research groups around the world developing his reputation as an expert in the field of biomaterials, cell biology and tissue engineering. He has published a number of high impact rated research papers and presented his pioneer research at local and international conferences.

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Dr Marcus Swann

Senior Scientist – Biosensors, Biomarkers & Diagnostics

Marcus has over 30 years’ experience of scientific research and development and in bringing sensing and measurement technologies to market, principally in the areas of surface analysis and biosensing.

He has worked both in academia and industry and has collaborated with international groups in universities and in support of commercial R&D. Marcus has a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol in Electrochemistry and has contributed to over 90 scientific publications and patents.

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Customer Testimonials

  • "We have found 5D Health Protection very informative and responsive to the work proposals, questions and final data. 5D Health were very helpful and clear in their support and advice throughout the study"
  • "5D provided an excellent service regarding product evaluation, consultancy and education"
  • "If anybody is looking to begin working with biofilms, they need to look at this course. It is run by top notch people, and they make it fun"
  • "Excellent communication of timelines"
  • “Always happy to discuss test methods and results with us”
  • “All testing was conducted as agreed, clear and professional report supplied”
  • "Very quick response to the initial request. Very professional and helpful advice to the requested studies. Very Supportive staff"
  • "If not for this course, we would likely never be able to get our lab up and running in a timely manner. This was a HUGE time saver in the long run"

5D Accomplishments, Partnerships and Collaborations

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5D Health Protection Group Ltd

Accelerator Building
1 Daulby Street
L7 8XZ
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 151 702 9492

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