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VIB: research and innovation in life sciences and biotechnology

VIB, Flanders’ strategic research institute for life sciences and biotechnology, was founded in 1996 and conducts front-line biomolecular research in diverse fields of life sciences with the ultimate goal of benefiting society.

Three core activities

  1. Acquiring new knowledge through strategic research.
  2. Translating knowledge gained into useful applications such as diagnostics, medicines or agricultural uses.
  3. Informing the citizens of Flanders about findings and developments in life sciences.

Responsible for major breakthroughs in the fields of…

  • cancer research;
  • immunology and inflammation;
  • neurobiology and molecular neurology;
  • microbiology;
  • medical biotechnology;
  • structural biology;
  • plant systems biology.

Some of VIB’s bio-incubators and accelerators

  • Ghent: ADX Neuroscience, Agrosavfe, amatsiQBiologicals, amatsiSEPS, Complix, Intrexon Actobiotics, Orionis Biosciencs, MyCartis, ProDigest, Yakult.
  • Leuven: Remynd, OncoMethylome Sciences, Formac Pharmaceuticals, Regenesys, CPMG, ThromboGenics, imCyse, Cistim, Oncurious.

VIB in facts and figures

  • 1,470 scientists, from over 60 countries, working at one of Flanders’ five universities: KU Leuven, UAntwerpen, UGent, VUB and UHasselt.
  • 19 spin-off companies.

Plant technology: researcher in lab at VIB

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