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OPINNO Module 2 - What does it take to work in a Life Sciences company?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (13:30h - 17:00h)

OPINNO – open innovation for successful entrepreneurship – aims to bridge the gap between life sciences education and industry, and stimulate entrepreneurship among students. OPINNO organizes teaching modules with life sciences entrepreneurs that share their industry experience with students.

OPINNO Module 2 - What does it take to work in a Life Sciences company?

Registration is free of charge for master and PhD students belonging to one of the 5 participating universities (KU Leuven, UGent, UHasselt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Antwerp).


DID YOU KNOW you can perform your internship in a life sciences company? Visit our OPINNO internships page for more information!

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  • 1:15 PM  Registration
  • 2:00 PM  Welcome
    Anouk Brackenier, Programme Manager, FlandersBio
  • 2:10 PM  Overview of the life sciences cluster
    Henk Joos, Managing Director, FlandersBio
  • 2:35 PM  What does it take to develop a drug or diagnostics test?
    Hilde Stevens, Baillet Latour Chair, Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation in Healthcare
  • 3:00 PM  What does it take to start and run a company?
    Griet Vanpoucke, Manager New Ventures, VIB Headquarters
  • 3:25 PM  Coffee break
  • 4:00 PM  Importance of portfolio management and business strategy
    Kristine De Sutter, Senior Director Portfolio Management, Ablynx
  • 4:25 PM  Running a life sciences company requires innovation
    Franky Van Herreweghe, Business Developer, Phoreon - a Brand of Pharma Diagnostics NV
  • 4:50 PM  Testimonial: starting-up your own company: a passionate story
    Toon Laeremans, Head of Technology, Confo Therapeutics
  • 5:15 PM  Closing remarks
  • 5:30 PM  End

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Event details

  • Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (13:30h - 17:00h)
  • Location: UGent - Campus Ledeganck, Karel Lodewijk Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Gent
  •   Route Description via Google Maps
  • Price: Free of charge for Master and PhD Students from the participating universities
  • Language: English
  • Organiser(s): FlandersBio, Universiteit Gent, KU Leuven, BioSCENTer, Universiteit Hasselt, Universiteit Antwerpen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

More Info?

For more information about OPINNO, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Nel Deleu, Communication & Event Assistant at FlandersBio.

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