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bio.be and the Belgian Biosafety Professionals join forces for safe working conditions

Ensuring safe working conditions for all employees in the biotech industry in Belgium, is the joint ambition of bio.be/essenscia, the federation of Belgian life sciences companies, and the Belgian…

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ProDigest starts collaboration with US university

ProDigest, which develops unique laboratory models of the complete gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers Univ…

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Human nose home to five types of bacteria

Researchers from the University of Antwerp have concluded that the organisms in our noses can be divided into five different types. Prof. Sarah Lebeer (UAntwerp) says: “This new knowledge will eve…

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First map of the Belgian microbiome

The human body naturally hosts 1,000 trillion microbial cells, the so called microbiome, which on itself is essential for the proper functioning of our bodies. The microbiome has been linked to di…

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How Helicobacter clings on to our stomach

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is a known gastric pathogen and causes the bulk of peptic ulcer and gastric cancer cases. H. pylori can survive in the hostile environment of the stomach by tight…

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Processing paper waste with panda feces

Scientists from the University of Ghent will study the feces of Hao Hao and Xing Hui, the two giant pandas from Pairi Daiza animal park. They hope to discover how paper waste can be processed more…

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Insights

A Personal Translation of Microbiome Futures

A Personal Translation of Microbiome Futures

Nature Biotechnology published a thought-provoking piece addressing critical questions in the development of microbiome-based solutions focused on disease interception. Co-authored by over a dozen…

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Microbiome regulations from an EU start-up's perspective

Microbiome regulations from an EU start-up's perspective

Interested in the microbiome? So are we! Here’s a sneak-peek into S-Biomedic, one of the first microbiome start-ups in Belgium. We asked her to tell us about the challenge of being a new company d…

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WHO report ranks deadly diseases in need of drugs

WHO report ranks deadly diseases in need of drugs

The World Health Organization recently released a report outlining the imminent threat of antimicrobial-resistant diseases. In the midst of such doom and gloom, could a solution be found in our ow…

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Using bacteria to fight obesity and diabetes

Using bacteria to fight obesity and diabetes

Using the gut bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila to treat obese and diabetic patients is now one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the work of a group of researchers led by Patrice Cani …

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I was published in science - A cocktail of bugs

I was published in science - A cocktail of bugs

Each one of us carries trillions and trillions of 'bugs', as Jeroen Raes (Group Leader at Bioinformatics and (eco-)systems biology lab, VIB/VUB/KU Leuven) likes to call them —micro-organisms that …

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Continuous bioprocessing for better quality and greater efficiency

Continuous bioprocessing for better quality and greater efficiency

In contrast to the chemical industry, where many commercial processes are continuous processes, most processes in the biopharmaceutical industry are batch processes. The latter are generally slowe…

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Digestion in a jar - Time to SHIME®

Digestion in a jar - Time to SHIME®

In 2008, UGent spin-off ProDigest opened its doors. The company was built around a machine called the SHIME®, an in vitro model for the entire human gastrointestinal tract, complete with stomach a…

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ActoBiotics®: bacteria make your medicine

ActoBiotics®: bacteria make your medicine

Throughout history lactic acid bacteria have been used in the production of food and drinks such as cheese, yoghurt, beer and wine. Today, a new application for these food grade microbes can be fo…

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Pattern-creating bacteria designed by KULeuven students

Pattern-creating bacteria designed by KULeuven students

After successfully competing in four previous editions,  KU Leuven once again joins the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) – the most prestigious international students’ synthetic…

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Turning Brussels' wastewater into bioplastics

Turning Brussels' wastewater into bioplastics

Wastewater treatment company, Aquiris (subsidiary of Veolia Water), is running a pilot project at its Brussels-North Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project aims to use organic compounds from wast…

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Disposable bioreactors: a cost-saving innovation

Disposable bioreactors: a cost-saving innovation

Companies who manufacture biotechnology products such as monoclonal antibodies, therapeutic proteins and vaccines, produce a wide range of products in small amounts. They need to switch quickly be…

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Human milk from the incubator

Human milk from the incubator

Breastfeeding is beneficial for a newborn and is strongly advised to future moms. Still, for various reasons, breastfeeding is sometimes impossible, causing the baby to feed on infant formula. The…

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Fermenting the best chocolate taste

Fermenting the best chocolate taste

The production of Belgian national pride products, beer and chocolate, is a natural biotechnological process based on fermentation. Actually, there would be no chocolate flavor in cocoa beans (The…

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Dr Armpit to the rescue!

Dr Armpit to the rescue!

Chris Callewaert received a Master’s degree in Bioengineering at Ghent University in 2010. In February this year he successfully finished his PhD about body odor, and more specifically, that of sm…

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