Technology Intelligence Service

How can we help you ?

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

“Julie is able to skilfully mix scientific, marketing and competitive approaches to meet our needs. This is a real plus for us, who work mainly with research engineers. We do not always have the habit to complete our studies and our monitoring beyond the scientific and technical documentation. Julie knows how to guide us in an appropriate, relevant and efficient manner. It helps us to make the link between the R&D, Marketing and Prospective Departments. ”

Technological Watch Officer, Plant Biotechnology

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 the growing amount of accessible information, the complexity of technological data such as patents and strong competitive pressure, positioning yourself reactively is no longer sufficient to secure your market share. 

Defoort Consultants 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, expert in biotechnology and technological intelligence. 

Julie Defoort studied human biology and biochemistry before specialising in plant biotechnologies and plant bio-protection. It was during her Research Masters that Julie discovered her passion for research and analysis of scientific and technical information. She consolidated this passion through the Master Strategic Watch and Industrial Intelligence from Lille 1. 

With her dual scientific competence and economic intelligence, she worked for more than 10 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 bio-stimulation and bio-nutrition
  • Biocontrol of plant diseases
  • Probiotics and prebiotics
  • Nutritional supplements from fermentation
  • Animal health

Why invest in technological intelligence?

There is such a range of emerging technologies that it is difficult to follow the situation in real time. Many projects are funded by Europe, USDA and other national institutions to accelerate innovations based on green biotechnologies to support the circular economy or the development of technologies such as gene editing (CRISPR), synthetic biology or metabolic engineering. 

Monitoring the development of technologies impacting your industry is at the heart of technological intelligence. Beyond a one-off analysis of blogs and newsletters, it requires a systematic and consistent use of information, as well as the detection and interpretation of often weak signals. 

 

Please, note that all our technology intelligence service agreements are always on NDA as trust and discretion are paramount.

Our sERVICES

FOR WHOM?

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 

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

Julie Defoort supports your scientific and technical watch activities in order 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: I monitor new scientific publications and patents according to your topics of interest. 
  • Sector watch bulletin: I 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. 

 

These two types of bulletin can be combined for an extensive view of your technological environment. 

 Level of analysis: 

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

 

These different levels of analysis can be combined to meet your needs. 

Note: In order to remain in compliance with copyright regulations, I 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). 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me to find out more. 

 Standard format: PDF – Other formats on request

The first elements to provide for your request for proposal are: 

  • The objectives of the watch
  • Watch topics to look out for
  • Sources to monitor
  • The desired level of analysis
  • The frequency of results: monthly, quarterly or half-yearly

 

Contact Julie Defoort to discuss your project with no obligations. 

Need to set up new watch lines or create your technology watch activity?

Defoort Consultant invites you to learn more about our Competitive Intelligence Consulting service.

 

Need to train your teams in strategic intelligence methods and tools?

Do not hesitate to consult our Competitive Intelligence Training & Workshops service.

STATE OF THE SCIENTIFIC ART

Not every R&D subject necessarily requires regular monitoring. Julie Defoort explores scientific literature and patents to help you collect essential technical information that will save you time and effort or to 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: Constitution of a bibliographic list containing links to documents identified and classified according to criteria defined with our clients.
  • Level 2: Analysis of the results and a written summary to highlight the key elements of the subject dealt with.
  • Level 3: Integration of bibliometric analyses (statistics according to predefined criteria). 

 

These different levels of analysis can be combined to meet your needs. 

Note: In order to remain in compliance with copyright regulations, I offer you 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 service provider and / or via the French Center for the Exploitation of Copyright (CFC). 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. 

Standard format: PDF – Other format on request. 

Delivery time: delivered in 15 working days on average for a standard search 

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 the topics of our customers. 

The first elements to provide for your request for proposal are: 

  • The technical field concerned
  • The temporal and geographic scope
  • The desired level of analysis
  • The desired delivery time

 

Contact Julie Defoort to discuss your project with no obligations. 

PATENTS DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH

Defoort Consultant is your preferred partner in the development and protection of your intellectual property assets. Patent mining requires an understanding of patent structure and vocabulary to efficiently query databases and quickly select relevant documents. Our service saves you time to focus on your projects. 

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

  • Do you want to avoid reinventing an existing process or product? Contact me for a documentary search for patentability
  • Do you want to know if you can exploit a process or a product? Contact me for a documentary search with a view to freedom of exploitation
  • Want to challenge a patent granted to protect your freedom to operate? Contact me for a documentary search for opposition

 

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 industrial property attorney. 

Standard format: PDF – Other formats on request. 

Delivery time: delivered in 15 working days on average for a standard search 

The first elements to provide for your request for proposal are: 

  • The technical field concerned
  • The temporal and geographic scope
  • The desired delivery time 

 

Contact Julie Defoort to discuss your project with no obligations.

NEED ANOTHER KIND OF SUPPORT?

You may have found out that you and/or your teams need to develop their competitive intelligence skills. Defoort consultant can help you with its online or face to face training.

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

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