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How we work with our tenants

We appreciate an open innovation environment is a new way of working for many and can benefit users in different ways:

Collaborative Research

If embarking on a fixed-term project with a collaborative partner, we have the ideal environment to give you joint project space that works for all parties. We can provide you with shared laboratory space for up to 6 research scientists and the use of a project office. We offer a full range of support services with access to a cold room, prep labs and common meeting areas.

International R&D Soft Landing

As an international Agri-tech Research & Development company, with a Head Office outside the UK or Europe, an additional base within the Lawes Open Innovation Hub will increase your organisation’s presence within the UK and provide a platform from which to engage with other Agri-tech companies and associated research bodies. You will also have the support of Rothamsted’s scientific services and guidance from the Rothamsted Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team.

Consortia Building

You might want to establish your multi-partner Agri related consortia here in our Innovation Hub, enjoying access to office facilities for up to 4 people, facilitating closer collaboration with Rothamsted. Additional desk space is available on flexible terms within the agile working suite to accommodate visiting colleagues and partners.

Associate Service

If you would like a presence at Rothamsted but without committing to taking permanent space, you might want to take advantage of our associate service. Your link to the centre as an Agri related company or organisation will be acknowledged through signage, a poster and on the RoCRE website. You will also have time-restricted access to the hot desks and open meeting spaces within the hub and discounted use of the conference centre facilities.

Whatever your needs, we would welcome an early dialogue with you as to what arrangements may best work for you, so that we are able to create a tailored solution suited to your requirements.

Tenant Case Studies


FungiAlert is passionate about increasing agricultural productivity and sustainability using disruptive, early detection sensors, and novel soil-health analysis.

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Babwe Barton

The idea for Babwe Barton was formulated back in 2012 when Chris Barton met Tim Smeda, who was studying Aerospace Engineering at Coventry University

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Our Current Tenants


AgriMetrics is the world’s first Big Data Centre of Excellence for the whole agri-food industry. Agrimetrics is supporting a revolution in the use of data science and modelling from farm to fork and will be enabling the development of a more comprehensive and collective understanding of the needs of farmers, food manufacturers, food retailers and consumers. Agrimetrics is a joint venture between Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany and Scotland’s Rural College. The model for the centre was developed with input from over 50 UK organisations, spanning the agri-food industry and adjacent sectors.

Agrix Advisors

Agrix Advisors specialises in providing research driven corporate finance and strategic advice to agribusiness companies and investors. Our service is founded on industry knowledge and rigorous research. We serve clients across the industry spectrum, with a particular interest in agricultural inputs and developing businesses with interesting technology. If you are seeking to acquire or invest in agribusiness or wish to divest, we would be delighted to meet for an informal discussion of your objectives.

We also assist businesses seeking to raise funds.

Dr Andy Jones: has over 28 years of experience in the Lifescience sector.  He has extensive experience in Agribusiness having held senior management positions in Zeneca (now Syngenta), ArystaLifesciences and Eco Animal Health (a UK listed veterinary company) and led a venture capital backed pharmaceutical company to a successful £50m capitalisation listing on the London AIM in 2005.

Hugh Easterbrook: has over 25 years of international business experience in corporate finance and general management with Newell-Rubbermaid Inc and Lloyds Bank International. Over this period he has been involved in numerous transactions in various countries, including the first public takeover in Eastern Europe. Most recently he has been involved in projects in the field of bio-control and agro-inputs distribution in western and Eastern Europe.

AgRIA Short Leaps

AgRIA (Agri-Tech Research Innovation Accelerator) is a £2.7M fund to support innovation projects that bring together researchers and small businesses on a dedicated site in Hertfordshire. It is seeking to support 25 new collaborations to boost economic growth.
AgRIA, supported for three years by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is led by Rothamsted Research in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, University College London, Cranfield University, Green Triangle, and Rothamsted Enterprise.


Agrilytix is a provider of hyperlocal weather and climate data produced in near real time, with global coverage for precision agriculture.  Agrilytix ntegrates innovations in high availability data science/machine learning platforms available in an on-demand model to either augment data science teams or provide this capability as an outsourced service to organisations that require it.


ApresLabs was set up by Dr Graham Moores, a biochemist with a wealth of experience in the insecticide resistance field. Graham has investigated the biochemical basis of insecticide resistance for over 30 years, during which time he has become a leading authority on the subject, published over 50 refereed papers, 3 patents and supervised several successful PhD projects. As one of the very few biochemists working in this area, Graham has often been asked to present at conferences both Internationally and nationally. He has also written for popular journals and appeared on TV and radio. Together with Australian scientist Dr Robin Gunning, Graham formulated the concept of  ‘Temporal Synergism’, a system that can deliver outstanding control of resistant insects using equivalent, or less, insecticide application.

Babwe Barton Enterprises

Founded in 2016, BBE designs manufactures and develops advanced electric generation and energy recovery systems based on technology innovation developed by the founders. BBE intends to revolutionise the availability and performance of green electricity for everyone.
Harvester is an energy harvesting device, positioned ideally on the chimney or top of the roof and generates electricity at high efficiency from heat exhaust output such as cooking, heating or as an extra generator for combustion generators. It further generates electricity from combining inputs such as solar, wind, thermal water and wind via Babwe Barton Enterprises protected technology. The technology allows a compact lightweight generation suitable for temporary or permanent installation. The technology is incredibly scalable and can generate 1-9 KWH on demand. BBE is currently introducing this technology as a retrofit for biomass burners to allow them to generate electricity, and are looking to expand the technology’s use.

Bio Nano Consulting

Bio Nano Consulting specialises in delivering innovative solutions to industry across the life sciences and technology sectors. In addition, as an SME, it plays a key role as coordinator in European Framework-7 and Horizon 2020 programmes. BNC was the first consultancy in Europe to focus on the interface between bio and nanotechnology, and it continues to provide product development, project management and strategic consultancy to a broad range of international clients.

Curtis Analytics


Femtogenix was founded in 2015 to discover and develop next generation DNA-interactive payload molecules for use in antibody-drug conjugates. Our payloads are designed through a development platform combining proprietary computational chemistry techniques, and founder know-how gained from a combined 50+ years of experience in DNA-targeted drug discovery and development. Our drug discovery platform allows us to design molecules capable of binding reversibly and/or irreversibly to DNA, in a sequence-interactive manner, leading to exquisite cytotoxicity toward tumour cells. When attached to antibodies or other targeting moieties, these potent cytototoxic agents can be delivered directly to tumours with minimal general systemic toxicities for patients. Our management and scientific teams consist of highly experienced scientists with the expertise and drive to translate our novel platform into tangible results for cancer patients.


$5-7 billion per crop per year worldwide is lost due to a soil-based pathogen called Phytophthora. Currently, the only method to confirm its presence in the field is after infection of the plant, being at this point too late for treatment. FungiAlert is a device that allows for the early detection of these types of plant pathogens by detecting the spores of Phytophthora before they infect the plant. It is the only device on the market for monitoring the health of soil and irrigation water, alerting the user to the risk of infection, helping to dramatically decrease plant loss due to disease.

Grow Biotech

Grow Biotech develops revolutionary processes, techniques, tools and formulations to bridge the gap between existing cannabis medicines and accepted pharmaceutical standards. By combining the strengths of our science, technology, and commercial teams, we are creating game-changing intellectual property that will transform the rapidly growing medical cannabis industry. Our innovations drive the cannabis industry towards the level of sophistication required to meet the needs of patients globally. In research labs in both the UK and in Canada, our interdisciplinary scientific team focuses on developing tools and processes that are underdeveloped as a consequence of years of prohibition of cannabis. We focus on creating innovative technology for transforming the cannabis industry itself, rather than products for cannabis consumers.


Gowan Company is a global, family-owned agricultural solutions business specializing in the development, registration, and marketing of crop protection products, seeds, and fertilizers as well as contract formulation, manufacturing, and warehousing. Founded in 1962 as a local crop consultancy, Gowan has grown into a global enterprise serving every major agricultural market in the world. Gowan champions technology for agriculture and creates value for growers through the skilled coordination of science, regulatory acumen, innovative investment, and focused execution to serve the niche needs of agriculture.

PhytoForm Labs

Phytoform Labs is an exciting Ag-Biotech start-up offering germplasm improvement services for the fruit, vegetable and the specialty crop industry leveraging data driven gene designs and non-transgenic CRISPR-gene editing. The service we provide is a one-stop shop for crop breeders and seed companies wishing to improve their parental lines in a fraction of the time and costs in comparison to conventional breeding methods.

Plant Impact

Plant Impact is part of Croda International Plc. We lead R&T in chemical biostimulant technology to create products that growers worldwide can rely on.  Our foliar spray and seed treatment products use synthetic and naturally occurring biostimulants to improve crop yield and quality by managing a plant’s natural responses to heat, drought and salinity stress as well as stresses caused by the application of other chemicals. We market our products to growers globally via major agrochemical partners and distributors.


With more than a century of industrial experience, Prayon is a world leader in the phosphate sector. Our Group manufactures an extensive range of phosphate and fluorine products that are used in food applications, industrial applications, fertilizers and other applications such as pharmaceuticals.

S-Chelate Plant Nutrition

S-Chelate Plant Nutrition is the agrichemical business of Align Chemical Ltd. They have worked in collaboration with the inventor of a novel chelation method to transfer and develop their technology to carefully formulate and produce a range of chelated micro and secondary nutrients called S-Chelates. S-Chelates have a significantly wider bioavailable pH range than traditional mineral salts and established chelated nutrients. They are also less bioaccumulative than existing chelated nutrients.

They produce them in the UK and sell them into the UK amenities sector, and are also exploring their great potential with horticultural and arable crops inside and outside the UK.

S-Chelate offer a range of straight, single element products, and an increasing number of multi-element systems with formulations very much driven by our customers’ needs.

Straw Innovations

Straw Innovations Ltd was started in December 2016 with the purpose of making better use of Asia’s leftover rice straw. The company is developing an integrated process that will use this vast resource to produce more food, fuel and green construction materials. Straw Innovations Ltd is seriously looking into the management of rice straw and taking unprecedented action by offering a commercially attractive and optimum process to convert rice straw into biogas or clean energy source. Working with farmers in Laguna, Philippines, it plans to set up a low-cost technology for making biogas from rice straw and selling it as clean cooking fuel.

Timac Agro

Timac Agro United Kingdom is a specialist in plant and animal nutrition with extensive expertise in crop nutrition, soil conditioning and fertiliser efficiency, offering a specific range of fertilisers adapted to local soils and farmers’ needs.

As a Roullier Group subsidiary, in its traditional business of agri supplies, Timac Agro United Kingdom provides its customers with products that meet the highest international quality and safety standards. Our fertiliser efficiency technologies are revolutionary in the market and enable growers to optimise their fertiliser investment, while at the same time improving their environmental stewardship practices.   Our technologies are proven not only in our own laboratories, but in field trials all around the world with prominent growers and through university research as well, in order for individual growers to be confident in the efficiency of our products.

Our strength is to benefit from the experiences of 50 countries around the globe, transferring R&D into success. Timac Agro United Kingdom has a strong team of Crop Nutritionists, working in partnership with agricultural distribution, who provide advice and monitoring services to farmers in order for them to improve performance, maximise outputs, and thus meet their specific needs.

The Centre for Crop Health and Protection

CHAP is one of four Centres for Agricultural Innovation and a core component of the government Agri-Tech Strategy. The aim of the centre is to provide a vital connection between industry and research by working in partnership to deliver faster and widespread adoption focusing on applied and translational research. Working with public and private providers of research funding, the Centre will actively encourage collaborative crop research projects, support individual projects or pump-primes large scale projects that address the major crop production challenges facing industry by investing or co-investing, on behalf of the Government.

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