University of Antwerp – Valorisation Office

The University of Antwerp is a research university where groundbreaking, innovative research is conducted at a world-class level. These researchers build bridges with the world of education, industry, and society as a whole.

Science Park University of Antwerp aims to stimulate cooperation between companies and the University of Antwerp. By showcasing what the university has to offer entrepreneurs and by providing stimulation, guidance and inspiration. The Valorisation office at the University of Antwerp will help guide companies at the Science Park to the right research expertise for collaboration. This department can also acquaint you with the innovative technologies developed within the Antwerp University Association and the specialised infrastructure that they have to offer.

The University of Antwerp has defined seven Expertise valorisation consortia (a platform of complementary research groups). Their research groups, areas of expertise, forms of potential collaboration and available equipment are all systematically reviewed.

Jurgen Joossens, head of the Valorisation Office: “The University of Antwerp has lots of research groups with specific expertise. At a certain point, the decision was made to combine this expertise in order to create a number of multi-disciplinary platforms. The Antwerp IOF (Industrial Research Fund ) consortia were born.”

An overview of the seven Expertise valorisation consortia:

  • Antwerp Drug Discovery Network (ADDN): Drug discovery network for ‘Hit to lead’ and ‘lead optimisation’ projects with a focus on infectious diseases, oncology, CNS and metabolic diseases.
  • EGAMI – Imaging consortium: Biomedical imaging – An integrated biomedical platform that conducts research in neurosciences and oncology, with the goal of improving patient health.
  • Enviromics: Environmental toxicology and technology for a sustainable world. In short: addressing environmental problems in all the major niches: water, air, soil, precipitation, …
  • NANOcenter: Electron microscopy for materials research and Nanotechnology. Using microscopes to study materials, to which simulations and models are then applied.
  • NEXOR: Multidisciplinary platform for cyber-physical systems and heterogenous sensor networks
  • SusChemA: Network for sustainable chemistry (Organic synthesis methodology and VCD analysis methods) – the aim is to ensure that future generations have access to the same amount of raw materials as we currently have.
  • Vaxinfectio: Multidisciplinary platform for infectious diseases and vaccines in collaboration with Product Development. The goal is to understand human immune response, how to treat infections and prevent them with vaccines.

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