You need reliable intelligence to understand and assess the performance and potential of existing and emerging technologies — at the level of an individual company, a sector or even across industries.

We help you navigate the frontiers of science and technology to:

  1. Increase effectiveness and efficiency of R&D investments
  2. Identify partners, competitors and acquisition targets
  3. Recognize and evaluate emerging companies and technologies.

But, this is a daunting task: data is spread across patents, publications, conference proceedings and R&D strategy documents. And, this data is exponentially growing in almost every technology driven industry. Scientific publications increased from 800.000 per year in 1982, to 2.2 million in 2012 per year, and patent applications over the same period rose from 200.000 per year to 1.1 million.

We help you navigate this vast and complex information, and provide you with deep insights for fact-based decision making.

Who are our customers?

We serve a variety of companies, whose commonality is their need to spot, track and evaluate the frontiers of science and technology.

Our typical clients are professionals in:

  • Corporate Sector:e.g. Research & Development, Product Development, Strategy, Techno Marketing, Consultancy
  • Investment Management:e.g. private equity, equity analysts, and M&A
  • Recruitment, Search & selection:e.g. finding that one (academic) expert based on his/her scientific performance

We believe that every technology dependent organization, irrespective of size, budget or strategy, will benefit from our solutions.

How we do this

We specialize in big data analytics of patent and publication information, and use a unique network science perspective to enable rigorous fact-based decision-making.

Working with this abundance of information requires a very specific infrastructure of technologies, queries and algorithms. The ANT Works knows where to look, how to look and what to look for.

Besides our unique methodology, we pride ourselves in our intuitive web-based interface that boils down the complexity of the analysis into easy frameworks, maps and infographics – yet at the same time provides strong navigation capabilities to enable power users to zoom into relevant details.

We provide:

Advanced Methods:
scientometrics, bibliometrics and network analysis
Unique Algorithms:
efficient analysis of big and complex data of patents and publications, based on our extensive knowledge of patenting and publishing propensities and behaviours across different fields
Intuitive Navigation:
Web-based interface with intuitive visualisation and powerful navigation

Meet the team

The ANT Works is founded on scientific principles in sociology of science, scientometrics and bibliometrics. We believe that the methodologies of these “young” sciences are of the utmost importance when it comes to organizing efficient innovation and R&D strategies.

Thomas Gurney


Thomas Gurney

Co-founder of The ANT Works and brewer of the secret sauce. Thomas is an expert in scientometrics, bibliometrics, alt-metrics, science parks, large-scale research infrastructures and academic entrepreneurship. Thomas has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and previously worked in the field of science and technology assessment and policy.

Thomas holds a PhD in knowledge transfer and dynamics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Jurjen van Rees


Jurjen van Rees

As Co-founder and chief go-getter for The ANT Works, Jurjen focusses on new business development, co-creation of client strategy and operational excellence of The ANT Works. Jurjen brings experience in strategy consulting, business development and entrepreneurship and is an expert in academia-industry collaboration and innovation strategy.

Jurjen has background in History (BA) and Science & Technology Studies (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam.

Jeroen Coumans


Jeroen Coumans

Jeroen is the chief code-wrangler and a crafter of online products who loves to work in the intersection of design, development and product. His previous experiences include Hyves and TMG, where he headed the Design Team.

His background is in Arts & Science from the University of Maastricht and Communication & Multimedia Design from the Design Academy Genk.

Marc Aafjes

Chairman of the Board

Marc Aafjes

Chairman of the ANT Works and all-round zoo-keeper, a global TMT executive, investor and adviser based in San Francisco. Marc’s 15 year career spans strategy, corporate development, business development and product leadership roles in high growth areas across the world, with Vodafone Group, Ooredoo Group, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Marc was Vodafone’s first Global Head of Knowledge, and became a pioneer in applying network analysis to quantify and improve innovation and knowledge sharing.

He holds a MSM/MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow, and a MSc in Finance, with distinction, from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

You can reach us via Skype: theantworks, telephone: +31 (20) 261 1486 or mail: .
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