Spin-offs of Knowledge Centres

Jaargang: 2015
Innovative Entrepreneurship via Spin-offs of Knowledge Centres
Klasse Technische Wetenschappen



The number of start-up enterprises in Flanders has decreased lately, while the number of spin-offs from knowledge centers has increased. There are numerous initiatives in Flanders, Belgium and Europe that seek to promote business start-ups. The Technical Science Class (KTW) and Natural Science Class (KNW) of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts (KVAB) published a position paper specifically on spin-offs arising from knowledge centers, therefore making an immediate link to innovation. These spin-offs are located mainly in the high-tech world such as biotechnology and ICT as well as in energy, environmental technologies and service sectors. The report contains recommendations for a.o. knowledge centers (mainly the universities, colleges and strategic research centers), government, business and education world.

Erik Tambuyzer

Dr. Erik Tambuyzer s a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts. Erik Tambuyzer is a bioengineer with Ph.D. in chemistry and crystallography from KU Leuven university.

He is currently Chair of the foundation BioPontis Alliance for Rare Diseases (Rayleigh, NC, USA and in founding stage in Brussels, Belgium) set up to develop the first therapies for some neurological rare diseases. Previously he has been the Chair of the Board of the Flemish Centre for bioMedical Innovation (CMI), working on translational biomedical research & biobanking. He was Senior Vice President of Genzyme Corporation (1992-2011), Chair of EuropaBio, the European biotech industry association, and founder and Vice-Chair of the European Platform for Patients’ Organisations, Science and Industry. He was co-founder and general manager of Innogenetics NV (1985-1992).