A Hungarian agricultural engineer Karl Ereky named the term ‘biotechnology’, in the year 1919. ‘Biotechnology’ is used to describe the merging of biology and technology. Many top biotech companies and research centers are doing everything in their power to realize Ereky’s vision of revolutionizing biology with the help of technology. While pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics are minting money in the biotech industry, many advances are also being made to develop more-resilient crops, biomaterials, biofuels, and pollution controls. Biotech companies are rolling innovation at a breakneck pace and are expected bring some of the hottest technology of the future that will also refine the national economy.
Here are the top biotech companies in Belgium:
Apitope – Apitope is a clinical-stage biotech company that develops potential first-in-class antigen-specific immunotherapies targeting autoimmune diseases. It uses its novel, proprietary discovery platform to select and develop highly specific peptide-based therapeutics, known as “apitopes”, that directly target the immunological basis of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves’ disease and uveitis, as well as undesired immune responses against biologic therapeutics used in the treatment of life-threatening disorders such as haemophilia A.
Sanofi Genzyme – As the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, they are focused on rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, immunology, and oncology. Genzyme became part of Sanofi in 2011. While continuing to focus on rare diseases, they also established themselves as a leader in the field of multiple sclerosis.
Lonza – Lonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech, and specialty ingredients markets. As an integrated solutions provider, Lonza is boosting its value creation along and beyond the healthcare with a strong focus on patient healthcare, consumer preventive healthcare, and consumer’s healthy environment. It creates products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life.
Pfizer – Pfizer is a leading research-based biopharmaceutical company. They apply science and their global resources to deliver innovative therapies that extend and significantly improve lives. They make medicines and vaccines that help people when they are sick and prevent them from getting sick in the first place, as well as some of the world’s best-known consumer healthcare brands.
Diagenode – Diagenode is the dedicated supplier for sample preparation products for next-generation sequencing, proteomics, and epigenetics research. The company has developed a comprehensive approach to gain new insights into epigenetics studies.