Flanders – An attractive BioPharma Cluster.
Innovation is the key word for the life sciences and biotechnology sector. Flanders has a long and successful tradition of discovery and innovation. Joke Comijn of FlandersBio explores some of the major scientific breakthroughs achieved, including the first unravelling of the DNA sequence of a gene, the discovery of tPA, a major treatment for heart failure, and the discovery of treatments for schizophrenia, pain management, gastro-intestinal disorders and parasitic infections. Innovation combined with entrepreneurship, the presence of a life sciences network of more than 145 companies with biotech activities, and numerous biopharma collaborations, have turned a small region into a world player. More.