Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie

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The Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB, English: Flanders Institute for Biotechnology), is a research institute located in Flanders, Belgium. VIB was founded by the Flemish government in 1995, and became a full-fledged institute on 1 January 1996. The main objective of VIB is to strengthen the excellence of Flemish life sciences research and to turn the results into new economic growth. VIB spends almost 80% of its budget on research activities, while almost 12% is spent on technology transfer activities and stimulating the creation of new businesses, in addition VIB spends approximately 2% on socio-economic activities.

The institute is led by Jo Bury and Johan Cardoen. Hugo Van Heuverswyn is Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Goals[edit]

The strategic goals of the VIB are:

  1. Strategic basic research
  2. Technology transfer policy to transfer the inventions to consumers and patients
  3. Scientific information for the general public

Departments[edit]

The VIB scientist works on the normal and abnormal or pathological processes occurring in a cell, an organ and an organism (humans, plants, micro organisms). Instead of relocating scientists to a new campus, the VIB researchers work in research departments of four Flemish universities: Ghent University, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

  • Ghent University:
    • VIB Inflammation Research Center, UGent (Bart Lambrecht)
    • VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent (Dirk Inzé)
    • VIB Department of Medical Protein Research, UGent (Nico Callewaert)
    • VIB Laboratory of Molecular Cancer Biology, UGent (Jean-Christophe Marine)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel:
    • VIB Department of Molecular and Cellular Interactions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Lode Wyns)

Service facilities[edit]

VIB has established several core facilities focused on advanced technologies, which make high through-flow technologies available to academic and industrial researchers in Flanders.

  • VIB BioInformatics Training and Service facility
  • VIB Compound Screening service Facility, UGent
  • VIB Genetic Service Facility, University of Antwerp
  • VIB Nucleomics Core, KU Leuven
  • VIB Nanobody Service Facility, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • VIB Protein Service Facility, UGent
  • VIB Proteomics Expertise Center, UGent

Spin-offs[edit]

VIB was involved in the creation of spin-offs from academic research groups, such as for Ablynx, DevGen, CropDesign, ActoGeniX, Pronota (formerly Peakadilly), Agrosavfe, Multiplicom, Q-biologicals and SoluCel.

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Coordinates: 51°1′4.53″N 3°41′38.64″E / 51.0179250°N 3.6940667°E / 51.0179250; 3.6940667