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Wallonia, the heart of the biopharmaceutical sector

The pharmaceutical industry is

  • the main industrial activity in Wallonia in terms of added value
  • the main driver for economic growth in the region
  • it provides 54% of jobs in Wallonia
  • it represents 25% of total Wallonia export

The members

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The principles of Smart Specialization

The team of the cluster focuses on 6 technological themes where the Region has a critical mass of global players (large companies, SME's, start-ups, academia, hospitals).

  • (Bio)pharmacy

    The development of therapeutic or prophylactic agents including vaccines in different treatment areas. This area also includes the service activities related to drug research and development, i.e. drug discovery, preclinical activities, clinical trials, etc.

  • Cell Therapy

    The development of novel therapies to regenerate, repair or replace a human organ or tissue. The focus of this area is on cell therapy, tissue engineering and active immunotherapy.

  • Radiation applied to health

    The use of ionizing radiation (external sources or isotopes) to diagnose and treat diseases. This area includes the development of proton therapy, isotope production equipment, biomarkers and decision support tools for imaging.

  • Medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

    The development of devices, equipment, apparatus and reagents intended for (1) monitoring, relieving or treating a condition, injury or disability by means other than medication (i.e. a medical device) or (2) providing information, by means of an in vitro test, on the pathophysiological condition of a patient (in vitro diagnosis). This area also includes developing the digital components.

  • Biomanufacturing

    Biomanufacturing supports the fields of (Bio)pharmacy and Regenerative Medicine.

    Improving the production of agents for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes by way of living organisms (bacteria, yeasts, cells of higher organisms). This area focuses on three aspects: genetic bioengineering of organisms, designing and improving production processes, and developing production chain components.

  • Data Science

    Multidisciplinary use of massive data and artificial intelligence to serve 4P (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory) medicine.

(Bio)Pharma (Bio)Pharma

(Bio)pharmacy

Cell Therapy Cell Therapy

Cell Therapy

Radiations appliquées à la santé Radiations appliquées à la santé

Radiation applied to health

Diagnostic in vitro et dispositifs médicaux Diagnostic in vitro et dispositifs médicaux

Medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

(Bio)production (Bio)production

Biomanufacturing

Data-driven Science Data-driven Science

Data Science