The BioMedical Science Center Brussels, a novel inclusive center of expertise for biomedical R&D

The BioMedical Science Center Brussels (BMS Center) is a center of expertise affiliated with the bachelor program Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BLS) at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EhB).


The BMS Center started in october 2017 and carries out both in-house and on-demand scientific projects in collaboration with bachelor students Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. As a consequence these projects are confined to the three disciplines within the BLS program: Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Clinical & Molecular diagnostics.
Currently, the BMS Center has two (in-house) research lines running in collaboration with the VUB:


(1) the implementation of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system in filamentous fungi that are potentially interesting in industrial applications


(2) the development of a liposome based nanobody delivery system that specifically targets cancer cells.
But the BMS Center also performs services and R&D for third parties. We aim to address specific questions coming from the biomedical workfield and/or industry within short-term projects. Examples of past and future services comprise:
- testing the antimicrobial properties of coatings, commissioned by a company
- the development of stable triturations, commissioned by a company
- cloning plasmids for academic research, commissioned by the VUB


Finally, the BMS Center supports the Open BioLab Brussels that started in september 2016. The Open BioLab Brussels, also an initiative of the bachelor program Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, is a lab that opens once a week. Its goal is to offer everyone with an interest in life sciences and biomedical sciences the opportunity to set-up research projects by providing its laboratory equipement as well as guidance by highly skilled mentors. The Open Biolab provides a place and a platform that interconnects interested, motivated students, staff and/or other stakeholders, creating a vibrant community.


In order to promote the scientific literacy of high school students, we are developing low cost DIY-bio STEAM-kits as well as DIY laboratory tools that can readily be used or set-up in schools. Additionaly, we are also providing complementary workshops for science teachers and high-school students in the Open BioLab Brussels.
Hereby the BioMedical Science Center Brussels and the bachelor program Biomedical Laboratory Science at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel strives to contribute forming (biomedical laboratory) scientists that are better equipped to the demands of the job market!

Authors

Tom Peeters

Organisations

BioMedical Science Center Brussels, Erasmushogeschool Brussel

Presenting author

Tom Peeters, Senior Scientist – Lector, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel
tom.peeters@ehb.be
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