This company was founded in 2006 by Dr. Mei-Lie Tan. Its head office is situated in the Netherlands, but its activities are worldwide.

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What does Crea Nova Consultancy offer?

Crea Nova Consultancy gives advice in areas such as plant breeding, plant cell- and tissue culture, (biotech) research and product development in agriculture, forestry, ornamental and horticultural crops.

Crea Nova helps its customers in managing and implementing projects or inventions. We can help you to find the right technological tools to speed up your breeding programme and we will be able to guide you from the research phase all the way through product development and commercialisation.

In case you do not have the technical know-how, we will look for collaboration partners and establish those contacts for you worldwide. If you wish, we can also help you in designing and setting up a research laboratory in your own company.

We are specialized in technology transfer and have a global scientific and business network.

Crea Nova also offers to coach start-up companies and advise them on research planning, product and business development.

Who is behind Crea Nova Consultancy?

Dr. Mei-Lie Tan, was born in Indonesia, but grew up in the Netherlands. She attended Universities in the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and the UK and has worked as a senior scientist and business development manager at different companies (start-ups as well as multinationals) worldwide.

During her career she has gained experience in setting up and managing research labs, leading scientists in interdisciplinary teams, in acquisition of R&D projects, as well as in licensing in/out technology and submitting grants or subsidies and developing collaborations and joint ventures worldwide. Therefore, she is much specialized in the interphase between science and business.

She has an international network in science, Agro-business, Food Industry, Biopharma, Seeds, the Fresh Produce Industry and Aquaculture (macroalgae).

Mei Lie Tan is fluent in English, Dutch, German, French, Bahasa Indonesia and has an adequate knowledge of Spanish.


  • PhD degree (Dr.rer Nat.) in Cell & Molecular Biology and Plant Breeding (Vrije Univ. Amsterdam, Agric. Univ Wageningen, the Netherlands).
  • Master Studies in Pest Management at the Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada.
  • Biotech Research Manager at a commercial seed company Zaadunie/Sandoz Seeds (the Netherlands).
  • Product Development Manager and Business Development Manager at:
    • Mogen International BV. (Leiden, the Netherlands)
    • Zeneca Plant Sciences (Fernhurst, UK) and Zeneca Agro (Frankfurt, Germany)
    • Syngenta Inc. (Basel, Switzerland) and Syngenta Seeds (Enkhuizen, the Netherlands)
  • CEO and Managing Director of Research laboratories.

Current activities of Crea Nova

  • Advising plant breeding, fruit production and aquaculture companies worldwide.
  • Managing and implementing research projects in forestry, fruits, vegetables, nuts, ornamental plants and macroalgae.
  • Set up a JV and a research laboratory and collaborations in South America.
  • Set up and managing a research laboratory (Xcellent Lab) in Germany.
  • Established collaborations between institutes, universities and commercial companies.
  • Helped to develop, patent and implement novel inventions for seeds and plant tissue culture.
  • Wrote Project & Business Plans and Market analysis for customers.
  • Coaching and advising start-up companies in research and business development.
  • Technology transfer in developing countries.


International Association for Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (IAPTC)
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Planten cel-en Weefselkweek (NVPW)
Arbeitskreis Deutsche In Vitro Kulturen (ADIVK)
Nederlandse Instituut voor Biologie (NIBI)
Member of the Afila Network of independent consultants in the Netherlands (afila.nl)

Contact Information

Dr. Mei Lie M.C. Tan

Klingelbeek 10
6812 EA Arnhem
The Netherlands

Mobile: +31-619945786
Email: meilietan@creanova-consult.com

KvK: 85332542
BTW: NL004082090B13