Holburn operates at the interface between academic research and commercial scientific development. To protect our clients' proprietary information, we have a strict confidentiality policy in place. Our emphasis is on customer satisfaction.


Holburn staff have expertise in the following techniques and fields:

  • Novel models to examine specific aspects of visceral perception and pain
  • Investigation of disordered sensory functions in both visceral and somatic pain
  • Routine and specialized histopathology services
  • Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization for novel or known substances
  • Intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology
  • Afferent nerve recordings
  • Patch clamp recordings
  • Doppler blood flow studies
  • Generation or review of R&D protocols


Holburn's team of opinion leaders, experienced scientists and researchers provide consulting services in the following research areas:

  • Gastrointestinal physiology
  • Histology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • In situ hybridization
  • Mast cell biology
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Data presentation and analysis
  • Microphotography
  • Digital imaging and analysis


Holburn's experienced management team has successfully acted as a catalyst to start-up biotechnology and biomedical science companies by assisting them with financial, legal, accounting and human resource issues. This support allows a new company to focus on its particular research or technology and thus become established and competitive at an early stage.


The staff at Holburn have years of experience in teaching at all levels of post-secondary education and in implementing "in house" or "off site" training programmes. This expertise is offered to Holburn's clients as part of training and development initiatives. Instruction in the establishment of new techniques and technology transfer programmes are also available.

Clinical Trials

Holburn collaborates with pharmaceutical industry partners in the design, implementation and management of clinical trials. In addition, Holburn scientists are developing innovative approaches to minimize placebo responses, with the objective of increasing the reliability of clinical trial data, thus shortening the time to market for new pharmaceuticals. The clinical trial services offered include:

  • Investigative and new drug submissions
  • Clinical trial design and management
  • Pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches to the treatment of pain


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