Our specialisms


Equipment

As equipment becomes more sophisticated and expensive, so the need for efficiency improvement intensifies. Increasingly, these enhancements are data-driven.

We use our system design experience across multiple disciplines to develop precision agriculture technologies, from metering and mixing systems, novel and highly precise sensors to low-cost wireless networks and data analysis platforms. 

Growers & agri-business

Growers of all sizes face the challenge of producing more, from less resources. Furthermore, global labour shortages are necessitating ever greater levels of automation.

Our skills in machine learning and AI allow us to develop new methods to better predict yields and improve forecasting, while our expertise in robotics is enhancing the automation of harvesting, allowing growers to do more with less and stay one step ahead of demand. 

Agri-chemical

Minimising waste and reducing unwanted side effects from chemical treatment have become increasingly important in the face of changing consumer demands and ever-tightening regulations.

Drawing on our skills in fluid dynamics and sensor technology, and our work in drug delivery, we devise methods for delivering treatments more effectively.

Additionally, we provide strategic consulting on the impact of digital farming techniques and the implications for next-generation products and services. 

How we work


Our technically focused, commercially driven teams uncover novel solutions to long-standing challenges. Unlike academic research facilities, we focus on commercialising technology, creating robust, relevant products and services that are economically viable for large-scale deployment.

Drawing on our experience across the full spectrum of markets, we are uniquely positioned to design, develop and deliver solutions that leverage principles proven in adjacent industries.

By using our skills and experience to complement our clients’ deep industry knowledge, we create step-change products and services that maximise efficiency through reduced costs and improved yields. 

Tech, tools & facilities


Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

This anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is one of only a handful of facilities in Europe. Within this six-metre cube, we can carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualisation of wireless device behaviour and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimise real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

Analytical laboratories
 

Analytical labs

Our laboratories provide high accuracy measurement and analysis for the wide range of projects we undertake. Specialist equipment includes a gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS), a Matersizer particle size analyser, a Spraytec laser diffraction droplet size analyser, high-speed and thermal imaging cameras and rapid-development custom image analysis software.

Prototyping workshops
 

Prototyping workshops

Our electronic and mechanical prototyping workshops allow us to produce technically credible prototypes that bring ideas to life and offer a powerful demonstration of their value. All while maintaining extremely high standards of quality that conform to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 regulations. Using the latest CNC and milling machines, lathes, welding gear and wire harness and cable assembly tools, we are able to produce parts very quickly and assemble full-scale working prototypes for testing and consumer trials.

Synthetic biology lab
 

Synthetic biology lab

Located in our Cambridge head office, our microbiology lab enables us to genetically modify micro-organisms and characterise them. Our facilities are containment level 2 rated for handling pathogenic strains and our in-house libraries allow rapid modular DNA construct design and assembly. We are particularly interested in building organisms that are biological sensors for healthcare and industrial biotech applications.

Cowley Road
 

Large prototyping facility

This 500 sq metre space near our Cambridge HQ enables the development and test of large scale systems such as warehousing, logistics and production machinery, and confidential testing of electro-mechanical, high power and RF systems in a realistic environment.  This configurable facility features 6m operating height at the eaves, large access doors and mechanical handling facilities to allow heavy machinery such as conveyors, lifts and machine tools to be installed as project work demands.

We can help you achieve the impossible

CASE STUDIES


 

Biology-based contaminant monitoring

Developing biology-based sensors as a cost effective, long-term solution for monitoring environmental public health risks

 

Entomics Biosystems insect larvae rearing

Harnessing the science of synthetic biology and best-in-class automation to turn organic waste into high-protein fish food.

 

Pick of the bunch

Nature doesn’t provide blueprints, which are why our robot system can cope with handling all kinds of different fruit – and can even sort red apples from green ones.

 

Targeted dispensing

Eco-friendly spray technology

News & insights


Opinion

Precision fruit handling robot

19th April 2018

Robotics in agriculture face complex challenges when it comes to dealing with speciality produce such as fruits and vegetables. Niall Mottram demonstrates an actuator that senses the pressure...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing
Opinion

Vlog: Translating synbio’s technical progress into business growth

11th April 2018

Earlier this year, we hosted a thought-leadership workshop for leaders and influencers in synthetic biology, to discuss the challenges facing the industry, and what new tools...

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology
Whitepaper

Sensing and analytics in agriculture: turning an art into science

9th April 2018

Farming needs to become smarter, to meet global food demand, protect the environment and combat commercial pressures. Advanced sensing technologies and data analytics can make farms more efficient...

  • Data science & analytics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Why can’t a robot harvest a strawberry?

4th April 2018

Picking a strawberry - a simple enough task, but one that’s surprisingly hard to automate. Imagine you’re picking a strawberry. First, you identify your target and move your hand towards it. As you move your arm, you can feel...

  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
  • Sensing