Strategic Partnerships

Fera invests in selected regional and international partnerships to advance its scientific development and commercial impact in its communities and markets world-wide.

Strategic Partnerships

IAFRI Partnership

The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a progressive research partnership of Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd (Fera) established in 2015 to support collaborative early Technology Readiness Level research across both organisations.

At Fera, IAFRI research outputs are fast-tracked into innovation to deliver new expert services, scientific innovations, technologies, skills and practice to support the agri-food-environment sector for both immediate and longer-term impact. IAFRI provides a fertile environment for collaborative applied research, talent development and employment opportunities for postgraduate researchers.


Fera has partnered with the University of York and Askham Bryan College on BioYorkshire, a 10 year globally ambitious programme that aims to transform the UK’s bioeconomy through world class research and commercialisation facilities, a network of specialized business hubs, and training and skills support and propel the region into growing a vibrant and dynamic bioeconomy - using renewable, biological resources to create greener products which minimise waste and reduce our reliance on fossil fuel.

BioYorkshire will use biobased innovation to transform Yorkshire’s economy through world-class research and translation facilities, a network of specialised business incubators, training, networking, and entrepreneurial support. The project will also support net-zero food production, farming, and wider land use practices.

The aim is to build on the region’s unique strengths in research, industry, and farming to create a global, bio-innovation powerhouse that will level up the economy in Yorkshire and the north of England to become the epicentre of the UK’s bioeconomy and is designed to connect two priority industrial sectors, agriculture, and chemicals. BioYorkshire will have scientists, engineers, economists, and entrepreneurs collaborating to develop the greener products and processes needed by industry and consumers.

Building a resilient bioeconomy will rely on innovative research and technologies, new supply chains and skills, as well as strong partnerships with industry. BioYorkshire has an excellent track-record of working with industry.

Backing the programme, UK Science Minister George Freeman has recently visited Yorkshire for updates on the BioYorkshire initiative, stating “this is becoming a global cluster of excellence, and we’ve come today to see what we can do to help it grow”

“One of the fastest growing sectors of the innovation economy is the #BioEconomy - the industrial appliance of Bioscience” 

 - George Freeman MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation

National Laboratories Alliance

National scientific laboratory network and infrastructure assets with world leading expertise to protect our people, the environment and to project and promote our global science capability.

The National Laboratories Alliance (NLA), a network of eleven UK Public Sector laboratories, provides a unique connected service for national good which strengthens UK resilience to external threats, leads on projecting the UK’s science and technology capability internationally and supports business and trade.

Our Role in the National Laboratories Alliance

As an active member of the NLA, we work with our partners to apply our unique skills and expertise in food, environment, chemical safety and laboratory proficiency assessment to respond to national needs as part of the UK’s total capability.

More details of the NLA and its full scope and membership can be found here

Review of the UK’s Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Organisational Landscape

National Laboratory Alliance members are extremely supportive of Sir Paul Nurse’s recently published ‘Independent Review of the UK’s Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Organisational Landscape’

The importance of permeability between organisations across the RDI landscape, and the value of increased awareness of PSRE’s is clearly highlighted. The NLA members welcome the opportunity to work as part of government to ensure an increased role for PSRE’s in providing evidence to support strategy and policy making and working across boundaries.

Trusted Advisor in Food-Ag Investing

Fera provides research, expertise and insights with strategic partners across the globe to deliver science with impact steering sustainable investments.

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Trusted Advisor in Food-Ag Investing

Your expert Science and Technical Advisor for Climate-Focused Investments, Agriculture and Sustainability Strategies.

  • Expertise: Leveraging our century-long heritage in environmental and food security to guide climate-conscious investments.
  • Insight: Offering deep understanding of agri-food-environment sectors to select genuine, sustainable investment opportunities.
  • Network: Connecting you with industry leaders, government bodies, and academic institutions.
  • Innovation: Pioneering solutions in food, agriculture and sustainability, ensuring you are at the forefront of change
Your Science and Technical Advisor

We can support you in a number of ways:

  • Core Services - Science Development Team (SDT) DD on tech readiness, market position, robustness of science and regulatory challenges.
  • Optional Project Services – Provision of wider SDT consultancy, including option for embedding on secondment / rotation / NEDs.
  • Additional Opportunity – Spin-out of Fera IP through Fund investment on merit basis. Investment as minor LP or as part of syndicate.
  • Wider areas of collaboration - Joint thought leadership material, MVP sand-pit development, targeted service offerings to portfolio companies at preferential rates, and support to fund marketing.
Our Value-Add

Bridging the gap between research and impact across the whole food system, original thinking to support sustainable global food production.

  • Clear visibility and understanding of market / customer needs
  • World-leading expertise in agri-food-environment
  • Deep understanding of Sector
  • Commitment to Innovation
  • Direct access to specialist testing capabilities and facilities
  • Proven track record

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Damian Malins   

Venturing Director


Alex Setchfield  

Venturing Business Scientist


We are challenge-led; helping to provide an international impact and influence from farm to policy level, with the vision of achieving economically and environmentally sustainable farming practices.

A unique combination of scientific expertise, capabilities and focus enables Fera to work closely with partners to discover, innovate and fast track new thinking, new ideas and technologies. Read our case studies for further details.

Upskill and Upgrade

Traditional diagnostics applied on samples with typical field symptoms of MLN have often given negative results using ELISA or PCR (polymerase chain reaction) for MCMV and Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV). Samples collected in the field with typical MLN symptoms were examined using next generation sequencing (NGS).

Design and Measure

PROteINSECT brought together expertise from China, Africa and Europe to encourage and enable the adoption of fly larval protein in animal feed around the world. The PROteINSECT project consortium consisted of 12 partners from seven countries and was co-ordinated by Fera Science.

Build Consensus

Within the context of an existing disease (Cassava Mosaic Disease, CMD) and an emergent disease (Cassava Brown Streak Disease, CBSD), The Great Lakes Cassava Initiative (GLCI) had an overall goal of distributing clean planting material of disease tolerant or resistant varieties to 1.15 million farmers to six countries—Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—during the four years of the project period.

Official opening of the NASC molecular seed testing laboratory

On 4th October 2018, the national agricultural seeds council (NASC) molecular seed testing laboratory in Sheda, Nigeria had its official grand opening. Over the past two years, Fera has been working with NASC to provide a better seed certification service to the seed industry.

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