Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie

The Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) or the 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. The 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 Rudy Dekeyser. Hugo Van Heuverswyn is Chairman of the Board of Directors.


The strategic goals of the VIB are:
# Strategic basic research
# Technology transfer policy to transfer the inventions to consumers and patients
# Scientific information for the general public


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 Department for Molecular Biomedical Research, UGent (Frans Van Roy)
**VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent (Dirk Inzé)
**VIB Department of Medical Protein Research, UGent (Joël Vandekerckhove)
**VIB Laboratory of Molecular Cancer Biology, UGent (Jean-Christophe Marine)

*Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:
**VIB Departement of Transgene Technology and Gene Therapy, K.U.Leuven (Désiré Collen)
**VIB Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics, K.U.Leuven (Bart De Strooper)
**VIB Department of Molecular Microbiology, K.U.Leuven (Johan Thevelein)
**VIB Laboratory of Developmental Genetics, K.U.Leuven (Patrick Callaerts)

*University of Antwerp:
**VIB Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Antwerp (Christine Van Broeckhoven)

*Vrije Universiteit Brussel:
**VIB Department of Molecular and Cellular Interactions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Lode Wyns)
**VIB Switch Laboratory, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Frederic Rousseau & Joost Schymkowitz)

ervice facilities

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 MicroArray Facility
* VIB Nanobody Service Facility, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
* VIB Protein Service Facility, UGent
* VIB Proteomics Expertise Center, UGent


VIB was involved in the creation of spin-offs from academic research groups, such as for Ablynx, Peakadilly, DevGen, CropDesign, SoluCel, and ActoGeniX.

ee also

* Science and technology in Flanders
* BIO.be
* Lisbon Strategy
* Institute for the promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT)
* Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen
* Flanders Investment and Trade
* FlandersBio
* BIOMED (University of Hasselt)
* Belgian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
* Walter Fiers
* Raymond Hamers
* Jozef Schell
* Herman Van Den Berghe
* Marc Van Montagu
* Wellcome Trust


* J. Comijn, P. Raeymaekers, A. Van Gysel, M. Veugelers, "Today = Tomorrow : a tribute to life sciences research and innovation : 10 years of VIB", Snoeck, 2006, ISBN 978-90-5349-630-5
* [http://www.diplobel.us/TradeInvestment/Publications/Biotechnology.pdf Biotechnology industry in Belgium]

External links

* [http://www.vib.be/ VIB]
* [http://www.vib.be/VIB/EN/VIB+at+a+glance/History/ VIB History]

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