Who we are

LifeTechLimburg is the platform organization for the development of the regional life sciences sector in Limburg, a province of Belgium in the heart of Europe. We are located in BioVille, the brand new life sciences incubator on the university campus of Hasselt University.

Brief history

The initiative to develop a plan for the development of the Life Sciences sector Limburg came from Prof. Piet Stinissen, director of the Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED) of Hasselt University. BIOMED is a multidisciplinary research institute that unites both fundamental and applied scientific research as well as education in the life sciences.

As BIOMED pursues both scientific and economic valorization of research results, prof. Piet Stinissen played a key role in development of an action plan "Life Sciences in Limburg".

On January 23rd 2007, the Executive of the Province of Limburg endorsed this plan.  With the so called Round Table of May 23rd 2007 the implementation of the Action Plan was launched.

The life sciences Action Plan has four main leads

  1. Encouraging interaction and partnerships  between companies, universities and hospitals in Limburg through the creation of a knowledge cluster;
  2. Creation of a platform organisation that supports and nurtures the development of the Life sciences sector in the region
 

3.

Creation of specialised infrastructure for life sciences companies

4.
Establishment a regional capital fund for developing new life sciences companies
 

Only three years later, important steps have been taken in the realization of the Life Sciences Action plan :

  1. A life sciences venture captial fund has been created;
  2. Bioville, the life sciences incubator was officially launched march 2010;
 

3.

A regional knowledge cluster has been established between for example Hasselt University and the  two main regional hospitals;

4. LifeTechLimburg was officially launced on january 24th 2008.

To ensure the growth of its organization, LifeTechLimburg has received subsidies from the foundation 'Limburg Sterk Merk" and from EFRD programma's (Objective 2 Flanders and Interreg IV EMR).

 

Team

  • Piet Stinissen
    Chairman
    LifeTechLimburg
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  • Bert Op 't Eijnde
    Vice Chairman
    LifeTechLimburg
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  • Maria Sideras
    Secretary
    LifeTechLimburg
    e-mail
    +3211286900

  • Inge Smolders
    Project Manager
    LifeTechLimburg
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  • Michiel Stoffels
    Project Manager
    LifeTechLimburg
    e-mail
    +3211286904

  • Bianca Ceccarelli
    Project Manager
    LifeTechLimburg
    e-mail
    011286904

  • Katherine Nelissen
    Project Manager
    LifeTechLimburg
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