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lifetech.brussels is a non-profit association which aims to support and to facilitate the development of health and healthcare-related businesses in the Brussels-Capital Region (BCR).

Concretely, lifetech.brussels pursues three main missions:

  1. Stimulation of innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector of life technology and health;
  2. Promotion of R&D activities and clinical competencies of the Brussels’ institutions;
  3. Consolidation of the ecosystem encompassing different players of the sector in the BCR: companies, hospitals, research labs and support organizations active in the health and healthcare-related sectors.

lifetech.brussels gathers around 100 members and offers them two types of services:

  1. Cluster animation. This includes the organisation of seminars, networking events, international missions; the consolidation of opportunities and information for the members via a specific newsletter and a website; promotion of activities of the members.
  2. Individualised support. This consists in offering ad-hoc support to innovative company/project members in order to allow them to well expand. It also includes challenging business plan, informing about financing options according to the stage of the project, helping to build R&D project, informing about intellectual property protection options …

lifetech.brussels is part of impulse.brussels.

Azèle Mathieu
Azèle Mathieu
Manager
Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship in the healthcare sector, Azèle is currently working full time as the managing director of the cluster lifetech.brussels. At impulse.brussels, Azèle has previously been working as a finance advisor, providing support to entrepreneurs for what relates to the setting-up of their business and financial plans. Azèle holds a PhD in Economics and Management and a Master of Sciences in Management. Previously, Azèle has been working as a business development manager in a biotech company, Bone Therapeutics and before that, as a business development manager at the Technology Transfer Office of Université Libre de Bruxelles, in charge of commercializing academic patents, mainly applied for in the field of life sciences.
Christophe Coppens
Christophe Coppens
Business Developer
Christophe joined lifetech.brussels in 2005 and therefore has a deep knowledge of the Brussels' ecosystem. He combines this expertise with a master in Economics.
Camille Mommer
Camille Mommer
Business developer
Camille graduated as a bio-engineer at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and combines experience from both the academic and the business world. She worked as a researcher on cancer immunology during 2 years. After that, she worked as an innovation consultant, helping companies to optimize their innovation financing. She joined the team in 2014.
Sophie Liénart
Sophie Liénart
Project Coordinator FEDER
Sophie graduated in Management Science from the UCL and did her PhD at UNamur in Innovation Management. She then worked as a consultant to help entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas into creative products and services. Sophie cultivates a strong interest for entrepreneurship and new technologies. She joined the team in 2016.
My-Van Thai
My-Van Thai
Assistant
My-Van graduated as a Bachelor of International Trade with specialization in European Affairs at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EPHEC). Starting as an intern in the Communications Department, she has been assisting in major projects such as the Entrepeneurs Expo and the Business Apero Brussels. She then got fully engaged in 2014 within the lifetech.brussels cluster, where she has been helping the team ever since with their administrative tasks, the organization of events and communication with clients.

The Advisory Board of lifetech.brussels is composed of different members representing companies, public organisations (such as universities, incubators and funding agencies), and private organisations (such as Unamec, Agoria and Essenscia). The main missions of the Advisory Board is to support activities and projects initiated by the cluster as well as to collectively work on challenges met by members of the cluster, this being based on the sharing of experience and a complementary network.

Bernard Majoie
Bernard Majoie
Fondation Fournier Majoie - President
After obtaining his PhD in pharmacology, Bernard Majoie joined the “Laboratoires Fournier” where he founded the R&D laboratory of the Fournier Group. Under the direction of Mr. Majoie, the pharmaceutical branch sales of the group multiplied by 20 in 30 years. Mr. Majoie quit the Fournier Company for the opportunity to accompany different start-ups as a Business Angel. In 2006, he created the Fournier-Majoie Foundation for Innovation that supports and guides promising researchers and entrepreneurs towards development of breakthrough solutions for the benefit of cancer patients. Since its creation, the Foundation supported 13 projects, for a total amount of EUR 4,5 Million.
Xavier Hulhoven
Xavier Hulhoven
Innoviris - Scientific advisor
Innoviris promotes and supports research and innovation in the Brussels Capital Region by funding innovative projects of companies, research organizations and non-profit sector. Xavier Hulhoven has expertise in evaluating applications for grants, elaborating project calls and following up funded projects, especially in the sectors of health and life sciences . He is also active in the Strategic Platforms e-Health.
Igor Magdalenic
Igor Magdalenic
Essenscia Bruxels - Chief Economist
Essenscia is a multisectoral umbrella organisation representing the numerous sectors of activities in the field of chemicals and life sciences. It represents and promotes the sector’s interest and acts as a spokesman for its 120 companies to the Brussels authorities. As a chief economist and member of the management board of essenscia, Igor Magdalenic is in charge of the strategic analysis of economic data as well as economic policy and business development issues related to the chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector in Belgium. As a member of several economic and social councils and committees, he is active in advocacy on competitiveness matters at the regional, national and European level.
Fabian Seunier
Fabian Seunier
UCB - Director Mergers & Acquisitions
Fabian Seunier is "Director Mergers & Acquisitions" at UCB. UCB aspires to be the patient-centric global biopharmaceutical leader transforming the lives of people living with severe diseases. Fabian is in charge of reviewing investments, partnerships, acquisitions and divestments.
Carole Absil
Carole Absil
Agoria - International Business Development Manager Medical Technology
Agoria represents and defends the interests of companies in the technology industry, including medtech companies that offer high quality solutions in ICT (eHealth), electro-medical devices, industrial automation solutions, implants, consumer goods, machines for medical use, etc. to worldwide players in the medical and healthcare fields. Carole Absil is in charge of the business development of industries active in the field of medical technologies (e.g. eHealth, electromedical, consummer goods, industrial solutions for the pharma industry...) in Belgium and abroad. Carole is also a board member of the Federal eHealth Platform and in charge of the Agoria eHealth Awards.
Pablo d'Alcantara
Pablo d'Alcantara
Abrumet - Project Director
Abrumet coordinates the development the Brussels Health Network, which aims to improve the exchange of medical information of patients between care providers in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of care for patients. Abrumet is a non-profit organization Brussels gathering all Brussels hospitals (private, public and academic) and associations of general medicine practitioners (FAMGB and BHAK). Pablo is in charge of this ambitious project.
Florence Bosco
Florence Bosco
ClinicoBro - General Manager
ClinicoBru is the non-profit organization founded by a group of Brussels’ university hospitals in order to improve patient access to clinical trials. Their mission is to help investigators recruiting more efficiently and be more reliable in their enrolment estimations by activating the right network of physicians around each protocol so that recruitment becomes teamwork. Florence Bosco's expertise combines a good understanding of medical networks in different therapeutic areas and business development.
Ludwig Camusot
Ludwig Camusot
Camel-IDS - CEO & Co-founder
Camel-IDS is a is a biotech company developing targeted radio-immunotherapy dedicated to treat cancer. They achieved a first preclinical validation of Breast Cancer therapy. As general manager, Ludwig Camusot has acquired entrepreneurship experience in launching a biopharma spin-off company in addition to his very extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked as a consultant.
Bart De Greef
Bart De Greef
pharma.be - Expert Public Health
pharma.be is the General Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry and brings together 140 pharmaceutical companies with a branch in Belgium. As a partner of doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, governments and other stakeholders its mission includes the promotion of better healthcare through therapeutic innovation in the field of medicines for human use. The priority is to give patients quick access to the "medicines of tomorrow", resulting from research and development.
Gianluigi Arialdi
Gianluigi Arialdi
Brussels Life Science Incubator - CEO
Brussels Life Science Incubator is the Brussels-Capital Region’s business incubator for life sciences. BLSI offers a dynamic environment for entrepreneurs and business leaders active in the field of biotechnology, medical devices, and IT solutions for the health sector. BLSI’s mission is to help starters and SME’s leaders to develop new activities by providing the right environment and personalized support services. The adopted incubation concept consists in immersing the hosted companies in a favorable ecosystem for success, while providing a first line coaching with the help of the Brussels economic support network and the Louvain Technology Transfer Office.
Céderic Doutrelepont
Céderic Doutrelepont
InduTec - Managing Director
InduTec is the interface of the four higher education schools of the Brussels-Capital Region.
Xavier Lampe
Xavier Lampe
Louvain Technology Transfer Office (UCL) - Scientific Advisor "Biotech/Health" and "ICT"
Ghislain Breydel
Ghislain Breydel
Philip Mathuis
Philip Mathuis
Ovizio - Founder and CEO
Ovizio Imaging System develops and commercializes and a quantitative microscopic imaging platform technology for use in Bio-processing, life science research and diagnostics allowing automation of labor and process intensive work. Philip Matthuis takes care of the day to day operations of the company with a focus on strategy, business development and partnerships.
Jacobus Boonen
Jacobus Boonen
Technology Transfer Officer
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is known for its high level education and independent research with an international reputation. The VUB Technology Transfer Interface (TTI) is the unique entry point for any university-industry-society interaction. TTI knows how and where to find the right researchers and to answer your questions about consultancy and testing facilities, accomodation (incubators), applied, industrial and contract research, licensing of VUB technologies, starting new spin-off companies.
Richard Van Den Broeck
Richard Van Den Broeck
Unamec - Director
UNAMEC is the federation of the industry of medical technologies including fin vitro diagnostics, consumables, medical implants and investment goods. UNAMEC represents the sector of the medical devices industry in relation with all concerned parties in order to support the essential role and the more value of our industry in Health care.

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