Research & Innovation2019-01-14T07:41:59+00:00

Research & Innovation

Science Business Strategy and Management

The Company has expert knowledge and practical experience of strategic commercial science management within SMEs and corporate settings. This is about considering what you are going to do and how you are going to do it as a company or sector. It is about making choices about Research and Development, but also Implementation.


We can provide the up-front discussion to enhance trial design and improve the outcomes for the money invested. Quantech Solutions have considerable experience of managing ‘muddy-boots’ trials on farm and also within processing companies. For example these have been trials comparing different genetic lines of animals, different feed regimes, and evaluating new technologies and equipment. Our specialism is in the analysis of meat related data.

We also undertake qualitative research within local food chains, for example in discussions with consumers, retailers and suppliers about collaboration. This work utilised a technique called Appreciative Inquiry and the results were also presented quantitatively.


Our background in quantitative genetics has necessarily involved the use of statistics. This is applied in the statistical analyses we undertake for clients providing objective information upon which to make evidence-based decisions. Our commercial experience and practical involvement in the food chain is essential in helping solve problems and to make informed decisions for the future. We have expert knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, Minitab and R. We also provide data analysis courses, tailored to your company’s specific requirements.

Data analysis and presenting your results

The company has expert knowledge of developing databases (ACCESS, SQL Server for standalone, intranet or internet) and using statistical packages such as SAS, Minitab and R to analyse and present data. Our choice of statistical package to use in analysing your results is determined by which is the most appropriate of these tools. Quantech Solutions have extensive experience of presenting material with Microsoft products such as Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Research background

Sam Hoste’s PhD was in poultry genetics, followed by an early career with Quintiles, a Clinical Research Organisation within the Pharmaceutical industry. Subsequently as Head of R&D for a major genetic’s company a significant number of trials were undertake on company products and for other clients. As a consultancy we provide strategic research consultancy, trial design, data collection, trial management, analysis and reporting for genetic, processing, nutrition, veterinary and human pharmaceutical companies. Dr Sam Hoste remains active in the research – implemention interface within animal science. Dr Hoste was on the Council and Presidents Committee of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) between 2011 and 2014, and Chair of the Education and Communications Committee between 2012 and 2014.

We work with a carefully selected network of colleagues to complement our skills. This includes expert knowledge in marketing, technical food services, computing and databases, nutritional advice and molecular genetics. This provides companies with the flexibility to ensure that you have the right people for the right time.

Listed below are some of the many companies we have worked with.