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BioWin is the Health competitiveness cluster of Wallonia, the region to the south of Brussels in Belgium.
Created in July 2006, its role is to bring together all the Walloon stakeholders participating in innovative projects and/or training in the fields of biotechnology and healthcare.
Its aims are:
- To create a new culture of openness and of partnership in order to foster innovation in Wallonia.
- To form, attract and conserve first-rate human capital in Wallonia.
- To assist with the creation of collective infrastructure and technological platforms.
- To promote Wallonia’s strengths in the fields of biotechnology for healthcare and medical technology internationally.
BioWin is the acronym of BIOtechnologies Wallonie INnovation. The members of BioWin are active in the main healthcare biotechnology sectors, namely: (bio)pharmacy, cell therapy, radiopharmacy, diagnostics, biotech products, services (CRO, CMO), medical devices and equipment.
They are all innovators, both in research and development and in production. You can find the complete and detailed list of members on the website under the "Members" tab.
Wallonia has good reason to be proud of its long tradition of excellence in the field of Healthcare biotechnologies. World leaders such as GSK Biologicals (vaccines), UCB (biopharmacy) and IBA (cancer diagnostics and treatments) are companies that have grown out of the local scientific and industrial scene and who have developed in the region. Around 30% of employees of these companies are still dedicated to R&D. Baxter (biopharmacy, medical devices) has been working in Wallonia for more than 30 years (R&D and production) and continues to make long-term investments here. Alongside these large industrial players, there is a rich network of SMEs, including numerous university spin-offs.
Regarding teaching and research, seven universities grouped into three academic consortia based at the universities of Brussels (ULB), Liège (ULg) and Louvain (UCL) also have a long history of cultivating scientific excellence in the biomedical subject areas.
In addition, several internationally renowned research institutes are based in Brussels and in the Walloon region:
- Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research (LICR)
- Christian De duve Institute of Cellular Pathology (ICP)
- Institute for Medical Immunology (IMI)
- Grappe Interdisciplinaire de Génoprotéomique Appliquée (Interdisciplinary Cluster for Applied Genoproteonics) (GIGA)
- Institut de Biologie et de Médecine Moléculaire (Institute of Biology and Molecular Medicine) (IBMM)
- Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire de Biologie Humaine et Moléculaire (Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Human and Molecular Biology) (IRIBHM)
- Centre de Microscopie et d'Imagerie Moléculaire (Centre for Microscopy and Molecular Imagery) (CMMI)
- Inter-university institute for research in the life sciences “WELBIO”
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Administration contactRose-May DEMRUE
BioPharE Project Manager