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January 2018

The team wishes you a successful 2018! In this e-letter we give you an overview of the upcoming events & latest news. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming events
News highlights
15 JAN 2018

Will 2018 be the year of biotech M&A? - An analysis by KBC Securities

In the Belgian biotech space, 2018 has started with a bang. With not even two full weeks into the new year, two Belgian biotechs have already received takeover bids from major pharma players. While Takeda and Tigenix seem to be aligned when it comes to the takeover story, Danish diabetes specialist Novo Nordisk appears to be having a more difficult time convincing its target of choice, Ablynx.


knowledge for growth - last chance to book a booth / call for scientific abstracts closes on February 1st

On May 17th, 2018 is organising the 14th edition of knowledge for growth, Europe's finest life sciences conference, in Ghent - Belgium. 

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Pitching Training & Pitching Competition for Bio€quity and knowledge for growth

Funding remains one of the major challenges in our life sciences sector. That is why we decided to set up a pitching training & competition in the week of March 26th, 2018: receive hands on company specific training from US professionals! This training & competition is organised - a.o. - in preparation of the life sciences investor conference Bio€quity (May 14-16th, 2018, Ghent) and knowledge for growth (May 17th, Ghent).


Join and FIT to the BIO International Convention and Flanders Investment & Trade will (re)present the vibrant Flemish life sciences cluster at the BIO International Convention; the largest global event for the biotech industry (June 4-7, 2018 - Boston, US). Life Sciences companies based in Flanders can join us and will be offered a wide range of services. Registration is open until 31/01/2018.

Team talk

Katrien Lorré, Programme Manager DISCOVER supports the development of a digital platform that will enable companies and academic groups to FIND specific expertise; to set up cooperative CONSORTIA and to look for project FINANCING in Belgium and Europe. We are working hard on this in order to make it available to members in the course of 2018.

Other life sciences events
23-24 Jan 2018,

QM Conference: Partnerships in Quality Management

25 Jan 2018,

Launch Interdisciplinary Program Translational Medicine I³h

1 feb 2018,
Rotterdam, NL

Innovation for Healthreduced fee for members

12-13 Feb 2018,
New York, US

BIO CEO & Investor Conference * reduced fee for members

19 Feb 2018,

IMPACT of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in industrial biotechnology

26-27 Feb 2018,

Bridging Preclinical and Clinical Development

8-9 Mar 2018,

Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (2nd edition) * reduced fee for members

8-9 Mar 2018,

Patient centricity in Clinical Research

12-14 March 2018,
Amsterdam, NL

BIO-Europe Spring® 2018reduced fee for members

15-16 Mar 2018,

Laborama 2018

19-20 Mar 2018,
Tokyo, Japan

BIO Asia International Conference * reduced fee for members

23-25 April 2018,
London, UK

BioTrinity 2018reduced fee for members

25-26 April 2018,

ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2018reduced fee for members

24-25 May 2018,

Medical Biotechnologyreduced fee for members

26-27 June 2018,
Strasbourg, France

MedFIT - Fostering Innovation in medTech * reduced fee for members

16-19 July 2018,
Philadelphia, US

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology * reduced fee for members

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