Neuroscience Collaboration

The BNA's 'Building Bridges Between: Industry and Academia' initiative has created many collaborations and partnerships between industry and academia. We collaborate with a wealth of organisations across the sector including academic organisations, mid-size and big pharmaceutical and biotech companies, contract research organisations, charitable organisations and funders. The BNA also builds partnerships to support the scholarship programme. Discover our current Supporters of the Scholars Programme here.


The interactions from our industry and research collaborations have led to valuable partnerships between organisations with differing areas of expertise. The success of these collaborations was recently highlighted at a BNA  symposium - Improving Translation in Neurosciences - in conjunction with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. The event gathered together relevant and wide-ranging organisations to foster discussions and share solutions on what good translation looks like across the breadth of neuroscience. You can find more information on the Tools for Improving Translation here. 


Our Collaborations

COMPASS Pathways are a mental healthcare organisation dedicated to accelerating patient access to innovation in mental health. Support from COMPASS Pathways has helped fund the BNA Scholars Programme and also enabled direct contact for our Scholars with the organisation to give them a taste of the range of opportunities within neuroscience. The work between the BNA and COMPASS Pathways is helping to increase EDI throughout the whole neuroscience sector. Find out more about our Scholars here.

Annual Supporters

The BNA’s relationships with commercial organisations funds many opportunities we offer, such as, the BNA’s Scholarship Programme and the Festival of Neuroscience. We collaborate with a maximum of four organisations per year to optimise value and impact. Find more information on the range of Supporter events and collaborations. 

Is your organisation interested in becoming an annual supporter of the BNA? You can find more information here.

*The BNA receives sponsorship payment for working on joint events and relevant promotion for the organisation. All organisations we engage with hold the same values as the BNA.


The Annual Supporters 2022 

Google DeepMind

DeepMind started in 2010, accelerating the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by taking an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together new ideas and advances in machine learning, neuroscience, engineering, mathematics, simulation and computing infrastructure, along with new ways of organising scientific endeavour.

They achieved early success in computer games, which researchers often use to test AI. One of the programs learned to play 49 different Atari games from scratch, just from seeing the pixels and score on the screen. The AlphaGo program was also the first to beat a professional Go player, a feat described as a decade ahead of its time.

Miltenyi Biotec 

Miltenyi Biotec is a global provider of products and services that advance biomedical research and cellular therapy. Our innovative tools support research at every level, from basic research to translational research to clinical application. This integrated portfolio enables scientists and clinicians to obtain, analyze, and utilize the cell. Our technologies cover techniques of sample preparation, cell isolation, cell sorting, flow cytometry, cell culture, molecular analysis, and preclinical imaging. Miltenyi Biotec has been a BNA annual sponsor since 2021.

Psychiatry Consortium 

The Psychiatry Consortium is a strategic collaboration of two leading medical research charities and seven pharmaceutical companies focusing on the challenge of identifying and validating novel drug targets to address the unmet therapeutic needs of the people living with mental health conditions.  

The Consortium is managed by the Medicines Discovery Catapult and supported by Wellcome. 



Scientifica specialises in providing cutting-edge equipment optimised for electrophysiology, multiphoton imaging and optogenetics research. This, along with our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, empowers researchers to overcome experimental hurdles and achieve breakthroughs in neuroscience. Our world-class laboratory equipment allows researchers to gain a better understanding of the nervous system and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy. Scientifica has been a BNA annual sponsor since 2021.

Future Collaborations 

If you and/or your organisation want to find out more about how you can benefit from collborating with the exciting work of the BNA, please contact Sophie Jerrold at