Biotech & ICT
At the centre of this high-tech activity is Leuven. Home to more than 300 high-tech companies, the city’s technology platforms and knowledge institutes conduct pioneering interdisciplinary research in high-tech domains such as e-security, ICT, mechatronics, smart systems, nanoelectronics, materials research and cleantech. Thanks to this activity, the region in and around Leuven has developed into a dynamic, high-tech cluster in which world-class international and spin-off companies, technology platforms and knowledge institutes closely interact. A prime example is Leuven-based IMEC, Europe’s leading research centre in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.
Did you know?
- Flanders – with its numerous universities, academic hospitals, research centres, bioincubators, pharmaceutical & biotech companies – is a hotspot for the life sciences (more than 254 organisations are active in in healthcare, agro and bio-based applications).
- The concentration of biopharma firms is unique in Flanders, with companies such as Janssen Pharmaceutica (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer, GSK vaccines, UCB, Roche Diagnostics, Novartis, Sanofi … all within 1 hour drive.
- Flanders contains one of the largest Ag-Bio clusters worldwide. Initiated by Prof. Van Montagu and Plant Genetic Systems, the first worldwide Ag-biotech company, Flanders is now home to Syngenta, Bayer and BASF with their strongly embedded R&D centres. There are also fruitful collaborations with local academic centres to enhance R&D investments, resulting in turn in new spin-offs such as AgroSavfe.