Science parks & research centres
A wide variety of science parks and research centres accelerate and amplify breakthrough innovation, bridging the gap between research and business excellence.
Belgium: the home of scientific excellence
The number of science parks and research centres across Belgium has grown relentlessly over the last century, translating innovation into real-world products and biomanufacturing processes.
The Institute of Tropical Medicine was founded in Antwerp back in 1931. Our latest initiative, Quantum Biospace, will come online in 2025. Here, biotech and biopharma will meet deeptech and digitech.
Over the past 20 years, the Brussels South Charleroi BioPark has created 3,300 jobs. By bringing together public and private players, providing infrastructure, academic and industrial networks and facilitating access to financial resources and talent, hubs like the BioPark are socio-economic development drivers.
They illustrate the relevance of geographical proximity in a globalized economy. By stimulating local growth while establishing international connections, they reinforce Belgium's dominant position in the Life Sciences.
We are truly at the basis of an accelerating biotech ecosystem in Belgium and Europe, with strong foundations in both fundamental research and translational work. Our innovation strategy is exemplary for other countries, and that’s not something we've accomplished overnight. Firmly embedded in VIB's mission is our focus on tech transfer, transforming scientific discoveries into tangible innovations that benefit patients, farmers, and consumers, while also creating new economic activity and jobs. VIB provides significant support for the growth and development of the life sciences cluster in Flanders.