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Belgium: The Health & Biotech Valley of Today and Tomorrow

Belgium: The Health & Biotech Valley of Today and Tomorrow

As part of the ‘Health & Biotech Valley of Tomorrow’ initiative, the Belgian government recently signed a charter together with stakeholders from academia and industry, pledging to cement Belgium’s status as a biotech powerhouse in the next 10 to 20 years. Over the next few months, working groups will translate recommendations of a consultancy report into a concrete strategic plan for the future of the country. Amongst other topics, experts will evaluate ways to encourage more collaboration, provide financial stimuli, and make better use of health data.

In recent years, Belgium has firmly established itself as a frontrunner in biotech. Strong biotech clusters have emerged in multiple Belgian hubs, including Ghent, Charleroi, Leuven, and Liège. These clusters are hotspots for collaboration between world-class universities, research centers, hospitals, start-ups, SMEs, and large international companies. The cross-pollination in this fertile ecosystem has led to exceptional local expertise, especially in technologies such as messenger RNA (mRNA), plasmid DNA, cell and gene therapy, and monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies.

The health and biotech industries are already vitally important to the Belgian economy and workforce. The country currently ranks third in the EU for biopharmaceutical exports, with a total of €56 billion generated in 2020. Belgian biotech and pharma companies directly employ more than 40,000 people – twice the European average – and many more indirectly.

 

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