Technology Intelligence Service

Defoort Consultant offers you its technological intelligence services to explore your innovative ideas and analyse your technological and competitive environment.

Stay Ahead of Your Competition

You recognise the strategic importance of technological intelligence. Yet, there are myriad other issues that you must address at the same time – all of them urgent and important.

Faced with a growing amount of accessible information, the complex technological data such as patents and intense competition, reactive positioning yourself reactively is no longer sufficient to secure your market share.

Defoort Consultant’s technological intelligence services help you proactively control your technological environment to:

  • Generate new ideas
  • Improve your products and processes
  • Monitor direct and indirect competition
  • Detect new entrants and start-ups
  • Predict technological and competitive evolutions

A Scientific Expert to Support You

Your projects are managed by Julie Defoort, an expert in biotechnology and technological intelligence.

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Julie Defoort studied human biology and biochemistry before specialising in plant biotechnologies and plant bio-protection. It was during her research masters degree that Julie discovered her passion for research and (data) analysis of scientific and technical information. She consolidated this passion through the a master's in Technology Intelligence and Industrial Intelligence from Lille 1 University of Science and Technology.

With her dual scientific competence and economic intelligence, she worked for more than ten years in the biotechnology sector. She has held the positions of scientific and technical documentation manager, technology watch manager and competitive watch manager.

Since 2017, Julie Defoort has supported companies relying on biotechnology to develop products and services in the following sectors:

  • Development of microorganisms
  • Food products and ingredients resulting from fermentation
  • Fermented drinks
  • Plant biostimulation and bionutrition
  • Biocontrol of plant diseases
  • Probiotics and prebiotics for human health
  • Nutritional supplements from industrial fermentation
  • Animal health

Why Invest in Technological Intelligence?

There is such a range of emerging technologies that it is difficult to keep up to date. Europe, USDA and other national institutions fund projects to accelerate innovations based on green biotechnologies. These projects support the circular economy or the development of technologies such as gene editing (CRISPR), synthetic biology or metabolic engineering.

Monitoring the development of existing technologies (Technology Watching) impacting your industry and early recognition of emerging technologies (Technology Scouting) are at the heart of technological intelligence. Beyond a one-off analysis of blogs and newsletters, it requires a systematic and consistent use of information, and the detection and interpretation of often weak signals.

Please, note that all our technology intelligence service agreements are protected by an NDA as trust and discretion are paramount.

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Our Services

Working with You

Any individual or department involved in the collection and analysis of scientific and technical information.

Examples:

  • Research & Development Manager, Innovation Manager
  • New Products Manager
  • Intellectual Property Manager
  • Patent Engineer
  • Scientific & Technical Documentation Manager

Bringing Value to Specialist Industries

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Food Science & Nutrition

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Green Technology

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Animal Health & Nutrition

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Industrial Microbiology

Technology Watch

Julie Defoort supports your scientific and technical watch activities to help you monitor technological developments in your field, adapt your research and development strategy, monitor competition and identify your future partners.

State of the Scientific Art

Not every R&D subject requires regular monitoring. Julie Defoort explores scientific literature and patent intelligence to collect essential technical information that will save you time and effort to supplement your market research.

Patents Documentary Research

Defoort Consultant is your preferred partner in the development and protection of your intellectual property assets. Setting up a patent watch service or mining a patent database requires an understanding of patent structure and vocabulary to efficiently query databases and quickly select relevant patient intelligence. Our service saves you time to focus on other projects.

Free 2 hour consultation

We always start by taking time to understand your business and requirements, so as to propose the best solutions to your problems.

We offer a FREE 2 HOUR CONSULTATION by phone or video conference.

We discuss your project and its context within your organization.

We give our expert opinion and some preliminary advice if appropriate.

No obligation to purchase, with complete discretion and confidentiality for you and your business

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Technology Watch

Julie Defoort supports your scientific and technical watch activities to help you monitor technological developments in your field, adapt your research and development strategy, monitor competition, and identify your future partners.

Type of Deliverable

  • Technology watch bulletin: We monitor new scientific publications and patents according to your topics of interest.
  • Sector watch bulletin: We offer web and social media monitoring to detect the latest information on your competitors, scientific experts, research teams, events (seminars, conferences, webinars) and research funding projects.

We can combine these two types of bulletin to create an extensive view of your technological environment.

Level of Analysis

  • Level 1: Creating a bibliographic list containing links to the documents identified and organised according to the classification plan agreed with our clients.
  • Level 2: Putting relevant and priority information into perspective according to criteria agreed with our clients.
  • Level 3: Highlighting changes in your sector and / or integrating of bibliometric analyses (quarterly or half-yearly frequency only).

We can combine these different levels of analysis can be combined to meet your needs.

Standard format: PDF – (different format on request) So that we can put together a project proposal for you, we would need to know the following:

  • Your scientific and technological watch objectives
  • Watch topics to look out for
  • Sources to monitor
  • Your desired level of analysis
  • Your preferred frequency of results: monthly, quarterly or half-yearly
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State of the Scientific Art

Not every R&D subject necessarily requires regular monitoring. Julie Defoort explores scientific literature and patent intelligence to collect essential technical information that will save you time and effort or supplement your market research.

Content of deliverable: Standard report listing the links to scientific publications and/or identified patents, in the technical field requested.

Level of Analysis

  • Level 1: Construction of a bibliographic list containing links to documents identified and classified according to criteria agreed with our clients.
  • Level 2: Analysis of the results and a written summary to highlight the subject's key elements.
  • Level 3: Integration of bibliometric analyses (statistics according to predefined criteria).

We can combine these different levels of analysis can be combined to meet your needs.

Standard format: PDF – (different formats on request).

Delivery time: standard search usually delivered in 15 working days

Examples of subjects *:

  • Scientific bibliography on the production of molecules of interestXYZ by fermentation
  • State of the art onXYZ ingredients drying processes for dairy products
  • Research in the scientific literature of technical claims for phytosanitary products

* The description of the subjects is deliberately generalised in order to protect the confidentiality of our customers' topics.

So we can put together a project proposal for you, we would need the following:

  • The technical field concerned
  • The temporal and geographic scope
  • Your desired level of analysis
  • Your desired delivery time
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Patents Documentary Research

Defoort Consultant is your preferred partner in the development and protection of your intellectual property assets. Setting up a patent watch service or mining a patent database requires an understanding of patent structure and vocabulary to efficiently query databases and quickly select relevant patient intelligence. Our service saves you time to focus on other projects.

Julie Defoort carries out three types of documentary studies according to your needs:

Content of deliverable: Standard report listing the links to scientific publications and/or identified patents, in the technical field requested.

Level of Analysis: Defoort Consultant performs this research for you but does not interpret the results. We recommend that you contact a specialist such as an intellectual and industrial property attorney.

Standard format: PDF – Other formats on request.

Delivery time: standard search usually delivered in 15 working days.

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Note: To comply with copyright regulations, we offer four options for disseminating information:

  • Citation and URL links
  • The text extract
  • Reformulation (summary / synthesis)
  • The entire text if the client has a mandate contract via a data provider and / or via the French Center for the Exploitation of Copyright (CFC).
Need to set up new watch ones or create your technology watch activity?
Need to train your teams in strategic intelligence methods and tools?

Here to help you.

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FREE two hour consultation by phone or video

We take the time to understand your business and requirements, so we can propose the best solutions to your problem.

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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.