Neuroscience Collaboration

The BNA's 'Building Bridges Between: Industry and Academia' Scheme has created many collaborations and partnerships between industry and academia. The collaboration is clearly demonstrated in our Annual Supporter Packages and the many partnerships we have created with a wealth of organsisations.

Annual Supporters

The BNA's Annual Supporters packages further our collaboration with commercial organisations. The BNA receives sponsorship payment for working with these organisations on joint events and provides advertising for them. The BNA’s relationships with commercial organisations funds many opportunities we offer, such as, the BNA’s Scholarship Programme and The Festival of Neuroscience 2021. The BNA currently limits the Annual Supporters we collaborate with to 4 organisations per year, and ensures that each supporter holds the same values as the BNA. Find more information on the events and collaborations with these companies here (link the BBB events page once it has been made) . 

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.

Becoming an Annual Supporter 

The BNA currently only works with 4 supporters annually. If your organisation would be insteresed in becoming an annual supporter find more information here

If becoming an annual supporter is not the right fit for your organisation please see the many ways to support the BNA as an organisation or an individual here


The BNA have had many highly succesful interactions with a host of commercial organisations and institutions. An extremely valuable collaboration between organisations with differing areas of expertise was fostered by the BNA in conjuction with the Sainsbury Wellcome Center in the form of a two day symposium on Improving Translation in Neuroscience. Gathering all of these valuable organisations allowed pivitol discussions to seek and share solutions on what good translation looks like across the breadth of neuroscience. Find more information on Tools for Improving Translation here (Link to Tools for translation) 

The BNA has also made vital collborations with COMPASS pathways a mental health care company dedicated to acclerating patient access to innovation in mental health. Financial Support gleaned from the blossoming relationship with COMPASS pathway has aided in funding the BNA Scholars Programme, it has also immersed the BNA Scholars in neuroscience related career pathways by giving direct contact and time for in-depth discussion with staff across all departments. This gave the BNA a taste for life within neuroscience and something to aspire to in the future, the work between the BNA and COMPASS pathway has helped increase equity, diveristy and inclusion throughout the whole neuroscience sector by helping the BNA Scholars programme flourish. There is plenty more to find out about Our Scholars , and the Other Supporters of the Scholars Programme here.

Future Collaborations 

If you and/or your organisation are interesed in being part of the exciting work of the BNA please contact Sophie Jerrold at