Consulting Services

Fullerex offers a dedicated consulting service to support organisations in their strategic decision making by providing bespoke research and analysis which typically covers the following types of project:

- Technology Scouting
 
Our process begins with a free of charge consult to agree the scope of the work. Prospective customers provide Fullerex with detailed set of requirements so that a research project proposal can be put together. We then provide a quotation of our fees for the project which depends on the extent of the work schedule and deadlines. Once approved we can begin work almost immediately. 
 
 
 

Market Opportunity Analysis

Whether you are working at a university or a corporate entity, it is essential to gain reliable and trustworthy information to guide your strategic decision making when it comes to newly formed intellectual property. At Fullerex we can evaluate the commercial potential of your research, providing you with the tools to decide with confidence – whether to spin-out new companies, launch new products, or license technologies.

One of the chief failings of nanotechnology ventures has been not adequately establishing a competitive commercial advantage prior to launching of the business or new products by comparing their intellectual property with other technologies already on the market. This leads to wasted resources and missed opportunities. Fullerex can provide the research and analysis to ensure that your new technology is positioned optimally so that you can move forward in your business with success.

We will work with you to gain a good understanding of your invention and critically analyse the market opportunity it represents. Our research will typically include:

• An overview of the addressable market defining the relevant sectors, sub-sectors and applications, including market size and market leaders.
• An assessment of the incumbent materials and/or technologies that the invention competes with.
• An outline of the industry drivers and outlook including challenges and opportunities.
• A commercial and technological justification and rationalisation for the invention as offering a solution to these industry challenges, including specific application examples.
• An appraisal of the customer evaluation process for the target market, such as industry specific approvals and the regulatory pathway.
• A valuation of the total addressable market for the invention and realistic expectations for the proportion of that market which could be realised.
 

Our considerable knowledge of the myriad application spaces for nanomaterials allows us to deliver our research across multiple vertical markets and material types.

To summarise our value proposition:
Maximise profitability

- Make informed decisions that optimise return on investment; target the most suitable markets, access maximal and near-term revenue streams, identify the optimal commercialisation partners.

Save time

- Allow our expertise and committed research efforts to free your own resources to focus on core business and scientific activities.

Mitigate risk

- Avoid costly mistakes by getting the right information to evaluate the potential risks and rewards.

Develop a clear plan

- Move forward with confidence built on the robustness of our research.

 

 

Material Sourcing and Supplier Assessment

Our expert knowledge of the nanomaterial supply landscape delivers significant utility for any company with nanomaterial sourcing and procurement interests. Through our extensive network of contacts in the nanomaterial processing and production industry, we provide a thorough market engagement service on behalf of end-users. Our knowledge extends across a broad range of nanomaterial types, with a particular emphasis on carbon allotropes and 2D materials.

Fullerex can communicate your needs or requirements with suppliers under strict confidentiality and help you understand market capacity, capability and trends for a given material. Our findings are summarised in a project report for each customer. We can also assist in organising samples and/or making direct introductions to any of the material producers shortlisted in our results that you deem worth exploring further.

For a given project, we will source based on your material specifications and/or technical performance goals, cost targets, volume requirements and preferences (supplier location, minimum number of redundant sources of supply etc.). Fullerex is able to aggregate pricing and other important commercial variables in the specified materials for all relevant global producers. Fullerex can also add value by verifying the viability of particular commercial or technical claims. 

In our experience, a good deal of market investigation and digging is required to uncover the nanomaterials and their derivatives that are able to address a particular need. Further still, for products to offer a "ready-to-use" solution they may often be produced by several companies working in tandem to produce, rather than being made available through the efforts of a single company alone (see "project management" page). As a result, end-users find that relying on Fullerex to help them navigate this confusing supply landscape is a valuable experience.

Whatever stage of nanomaterial utilisation within your company, Fullerex can help.

To summarise our value proposition:
Reduce cost

- Make informed procurement decisions that ultimately reduce operating costs.

Save time

- Allow our expertise and committed efforts to free your own resources to focus on core business activities.

Mitigate risk

- Manage supply chain risk to improve product development cycle success and overcome scale-up challenges.

Gain competitive advantage

- Benefit from the exercise of technology scouting to identify hidden innovation opportunities.

 

Case Study:
Zapgocharger Ltd
UK registered company, based at Harwell, Oxford and founded in September 2013. The Company makes ultra-fast charge graphene supercapacitors that can replace slow charging lithium-ion batteries.

 

"We approached Tom Eldridge at Fullerex with a complex project and very tight timeframe. When we received such a low quote we were curious to see what level of support he and his team would provide, and throughout the entire process we were very impressed. Tom and his team listened to our request and requirement, and immediately understood the situation and the high level challenges that we faced, and in a very short space of time they provided us with a comprehensive analysis of what is an exceptionally complex and diverse market. They then narrowed down the suppliers to the top potential candidates and engaged in several meetings with us to ensure that we were happy with their analysis, before proceeding to request samples of material from the top 5 for us. I found Tom and his team to be experienced, well connected and very professional, and willing to go the extra mile. I’d recommend Fullerex to anyone who faces challenges and is looking for practical and feasible solutions in the graphene and nano-carbon industry, in whatever field they operate." - Jonathan Tuck Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer ZapGoCharger .