The OPINNO project aims to integrate the biotech industry in the Life Sciences university education. The goal of the project is to stimulate entrepreneurship at the university as well as to improve the interaction between university education and industry.
It is important for students to discover and further develop their entrepreneurial skills. Valorisation of their own research is an important driver to stimulate entrepreneurship.
The OPINNO project - supported by ‘Het Agentschap Ondernemen’ and ‘Vlaanderen in Actie pact 2020’ - is coordinated by FlandersBio and has five university partners: Ghent University, KU Leuven, the University of Antwerp, Hasselt University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The OPINNO project wants to bridge the gap between the Life Sciences university education and the industry. Via an open integration between students and science entrepreneurs, FlandersBio and its 5 university partners believe that a healthy entrepreneurial climate will be stimulated.
Concrete initiatives of the project
1. Guest lectures at the universities
Existing entrepreneurial initiatives at the different universities will be complemented by guest lectures of entrepreneurs active in the field of science. To accomplish this, an ‘add-on teaching module’ has been developed within this project.
Module 1 - 'Get to know the life sciences industry and its various job opportunities' - 16/11/2016 - Antwerp (have a look at the programme).
2. Internships in a company
Master students should be stimulated to perform their internship in a company. The OPINNO project contributes to this by actively creating internships (both short term and internships as part of a master thesis), and by making companies more easily accessible for students. Have a look at the available internships.
For more information, students can get in touch with the contact person of their university: