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New VIB HQ and bio-incubator at Tech Lane Ghent (Flanders)

VIB – Flanders’ leading institute in life sciences and biotech – decided to establish its new headquarters at the Tech Lane Ghent Science Park in Zwijnaarde (Ghent). The head office will be located in a brand-new biotech incubator, which is also being built by VIB and should be operational by 2021. This investment further strengthens the biotech cluster in the region.

Technology Park Ghent, Belgium

Breeding ground for start-ups

The new biotech incubator will accommodate ten to fifteen start-up biotech companies. The proximity of knowledge institutions with the necessary expertise and talent provides an excellent breeding ground for young start-ups.

Jo Bury, managing director of VIB: “This new biotech incubator and our new head office reflects VIB’s key values: innovation and collaboration. We look forward to moving into this new building together with young biotech companies. This building will give us the necessary capacity to give these start-ups every opportunity to develop their full potential in Flanders".

The Technology Park in Ghent – also known as Tech Lane Ghent – is an important hub in Flanders’ impressive biotech scene. The new incubator will occupy 10,000 m² on the site – right next to VIB, which in turn houses numerous spin-offs and start-ups in its 8,000 m² facility. A whopping 9,000 scientists work at the vibrant Technology Park, which grows at a rate of ten new companies annually.

A catalyst for the biotech economy

In 2018, VIB and PMV – an independent venture company firm for Flanders – officially announced the construction of the new VIB headquarters and the biotech incubator at the Tech Lane Ghent Science Park, Eiland Zwijnaarde. For Tech Lane Ghent, the arrival of the VIB headquarters is an important catalyst for the further development of the site.

Matthias De Clercq, chairman of Eiland Zwijnaarde: "VIB's decision to build an additional incubator and to establish its headquarters at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park is invaluable for the Ghent area. VIB is a world-renowned research institute that has been a driving force for the development of an internationally renowned ecosystem for biotech and life sciences in Ghent and Flanders over the past two decades.”

World-class in life sciences and biotech

VIB, one of Flanders’ most renowned strategic research centers, focuses on delivering innovative breakthroughs in life sciences and biotechnology. The institute operates two incubators – one in Ghent and one in Leuven – intended for R&D-intensive biotech companies. Ranging from start-ups to established firms, tenant companies are offered office and laboratory space as well as general, technical and logistics support.

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13 March 2020

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