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Defoort Consultant has been implementing scientific and competitive intelligence for more than 10 years

With our Scientific and Competitive Intelligence services, we can advise you, work alongside you and train you to access the knowledge you need to develop your business.

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Defoort Consultant is a consulting firm based in North East England.  We were founded in 2017 by Julie Defoort, a French national, to serve life science, biotechnology and food science companies.  We specialise in the research and analysis of scientific, technical and competitive intelligence.

At Defoort Consultant, we are passionate about science and have infinite curiosity. Faced with the wealth of information and constant evolution of search and monitoring tools, we embrace this constant challenge to support your organisation.

You have the questions we bring you the answers to help your organisation to develop.

We have been using professional data search tools for more than 10 years. Therefore, we have developed expertise in tracking down sources of qualified scientific and technical data for your target markets.

We have also tested and evaluated numerous scientific and competitive intelligence tools – free and paid – that enable automated competitive intelligence and technology scouting.

Our background

Julie Defoort is a French national who has lived in the UK since 2016.

She has worked for more than ten years in the biotechnology sector as a scientific and market analyst and is skilled in scientific and competitive intelligence.

Julie studied biology and human biochemistry before specialising in plant biotechnology and bio-protection.  While researching for her master’s degree (Technology Intelligence and Industrial Innovation), Julie discovered her love for research and (data) analysis. Since then her passion has continued to grow.

Julie has also taught Competitive Intelligence for two years at Telecom Lille 1 (nowadays part of Ecoles des Mines de Douai), a French National Graduated School of Engineering.

Julie likes reading science fiction books and eco-friendly lifestyle-related articles as well as learning about new technologies that could help make our planet more sustainable.

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What our Clients say

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“Julie Defoort is very reliable and understands both the scientific and commercial dimensions of what we require. She provides excellent service and always does her best to add value, suggesting or undertaking additional research or other sources of information. She is quick to take our topics and issues on board. I use Defoort Consultant to help manage changes in capacity and workload within my team, confident that we will maintain the same level of service we provide ourselves.”

Head of Scientific Studies Industrial Biotechnology

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“I like sharing my reflections and experiences with Julie, interrogating my points of view. She often suggests improvements and shares relevant information proactively, going above and beyond the scope of the initial brief.”

Competitive Intelligence Analyst Food & Drink Industry

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Defoort Consultant is a consulting firm based in North East England, founded in 2017 by Julie Defoort.

With more than ten years of technology intelligence experience, we help biotechnology companies to identify and analyse relevant information about emerging technologies and market trends.