State of the Union

More info

Stefaan Galle

Event Coordinator

+32 9 241 80 41

Join us live on 27 sept and VIB present you part two of their State of the Union.

In part one Jérôme Van Biervliet, Managing Director at VIB, talked about the importance of basic research and VIB as a source of innovation for the ecosystem. Kenneth Wils, Head of Life Sciences & Care at PMV, gave an overview of the private Belgian Biotech companies and Nathalie Van den Haute, Executive Director Corporate Finance at KBC Securities, of the listed companies. Only to bring everything together in an interesting panel debate with representatives of and BioWin.

In part two, Alexandra Zemp, Partner at McKinsey & Company will present the benchmark study on Innovation hotspots to drive the next act in Europe, followed by five Young Company Pitches. After that Claire Tillekaerts, CEO at Flanders Investment & Trade, will discuss the importance of the life sciences industry in Flanders and abroad. Jérôme Van Biervliet, Managing Director of VIB will close of the State of the Union.

This year's State of the Union will be both an online session at Knowledge for Growth, for everyone to watch, and an in-person get-together at ICC Ghent. 
For those joining us on-site, we end the evening with a reception where you’ll get the opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees.


Doors: 17h00 
Start session: 17h30
End session: 19h00


Meet our speakers


  • Willem Dhooge, Co-General Manager -

  • Sofie Bracke, Schepen van Economie, Handel, Sport en Haven - Stad Gent



  • Alexandra Zemp, Partner - McKinsey & Company

  • Claire Tillekaerts, CEO - Flanders Investment & Trade


Pitch presentations

  • Alain Wille, CEO - Animab

  • Benjamin Laga, CEO - Protealis

  • René Hoet, CSO - Montis Biosciences

  • Lode Debrabandere, Founder - Amynas

  • And Allegro



  • Jérôme Van Biervliet, Managing Director - VIB


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


Connecting life sciences professionals

Connecting life sciences professionals

This State of the Union session will also be streamed on the same virtual platform as Knowledge for Growth, where you can network with every participant and speaker. The online streaming is accessibel for everyone registered. 


Organised by:





Alternate Text

Key Dates


State of the Union Strategic Partners Supporting Partners