State of the Union

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Stefaan Galle

Event Coordinator

+32 9 241 80 41

Join us in Ghent, Belgium on 18 May 2022 and VIB present you their 8th State of the Union.

On 18 May, VIB and are organising the 8th edition of their State of the Union; a moment to announce new developments and initiatives in the Flemish life sciences cluster and how we position ourselves vis-a-vis the European landscape. After several inspiring talks and discussions, there will be plenty of networking opportunities, accompanied by fine food and drinks. 

Separate registration is required! 

17h00 - doors
17h30 - start programme
19h00 - networking reception




  • Welcome by
  • Health check unlisted companies - Kenneth Wils, Head of Life Sciences & Care, PMV
  • Presentation Legend Biotech - Birk Vanderweeën, CEO, Legend Biotech Belgium
  • Young company pitches
    • Karine Clauwaert, CEO, Abscint
    • Tom Bosschaerts, Co-Founder, Immunewatch
    • Elien Van Hecke, Founder & CCO, Fertiga
  • Solvay: ‘Advanced Master in Biotech & MedTech Ventures’ - Marc Dechamps, Academic Director, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
  • Presentation ‘biotope by VIB’ - Tony Montoye, biotope Manager, VIB
  • Positioning listed companies - Nathalie van Den Haute, Executive Director Corporate Finance, KBC Securities
  • Closing words - Jérôme Van Biervliet, Managing Director, VIB


Connecting life sciences professionals

Connecting life sciences professionals

The State of the Union is a linked event, traditionally taking place the evening before the knowledge for growth exhibition. 
For the second time in a row, the event will take place in the same venue as knowledge for growth, at the Ghent International Convention Center. 

This event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your peers in a unique and friendly setting. 


Important: Only C-level & Senior management professionals may register for this event.


Organised by & VIB




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