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Belgium has a long history of excellent clinical research addressing a wide range of therapeutic domains thanks to a unique health ecosystem, the quality of the clinical centres and the real-life expertise of investigators
Clinical research also refers to a multistakeholder landscape in which tracing its path can be a challenging task, in particular for SMEs willing to bring their health innovations ultimately to the patients. Areas of concern are effective implementation and conduct of clinical trials, as well as the timely recruitment of patients next to the structural funding of clinical research in hospitals.

As an output of a task force and to answer many of the questions life sciences SMEs are facing, BioWin and have jointly decided to organise for you this conference on clinical research in Belgium

An interactive day where key players and stakeholders will present the different driving forces in the Belgian clinical research ecosystem and the latest changes in the regulatory framework next to practical information and solutions. Financing aspects, patient involvement/recruitment and digitalisation will also be addressed in dedicated sessions along with testimonies of SMEs. 
Confirmed presence of FAMPH,, beMedTech, and BeCRO.

Discover the programme

09:00 – 09:30 : Welcome


09:30 – 09:50 : Introduction by BioWin and
Sylvie Ponchaut, Managing Director, BioWin and Pascale Engelen, Co-Managing Director,

Moderator for the day: Alain Wouters, Managing Director, Whole Systems

09:50 – 10:10 : Belgium : an ambitious frontrunner in clinical trials
Catherine Rutten, CEO,

10:10 – 10:30 : MedTech trials in Belgium : Today and tomorrow
Marnix Denys, Managing Director, beMedTech

10:30 – 11:00 : The clinical research area : challenges and opportunities from a famhp point of view 
Greet Musch, Director General PRE authorisation, FAMHP

11:00 – 11:00 : Coffee Break

11:30 – 11:50 : Clinical research management : the point of view of an academic hospital clinical trial center
Laurence Rimsky, Head Biomedical Research Center, Hôpital Erasme.
11:50 – 12:20 : Selecting the right CRO partner when a SME enters in Clinical Trial phase: "Is bigger always better ?”  
Jean Van Rampelbergh, Clinical4you/Director Clinical & Regulatory, Imcyse SA and Cathy Scoupe, Training & event responsible, BeCRO 

12:20 – 13:00 : Panel dialog

Morning speakers
Thibault Helleputte, CEO, DNAlytics

13:00 – 14:00 : Lunch 


14:00 – 15:00 : Session 1 - Clinical trials funding : from grants and tax incentives to private financing. What are the concrete levers ?
Moderator : Stefaan Pijls, Principle Innovation Process Consultant, AYMING BENELUX


- Guillaume de Viron, Partner,
- Jean-Luc Vandebroek, Executive Board Member & CFO, Bone Therapeutics
- Annemie Ribbens, VP Clinical Trials, Icometrix

15:00 – 16:00 : Session 2 - Driving an effective patient enrolment and retention in clinical trials
Moderator : Jami Norris, VP Clinical Project Management, IQVIA


- Barbara D’haene, Managing Director, Akcelis
- Anne-Marie Hamoir, Senior Consultant, Patient Focus Medicine Development,
- Christophe Lahorte, Head of Innovation Office & Scientific-Regulatory Advice Unit, FAMHP
- Dominique Blankaert, Sr Director Clinical Project Management, Internal Medicine-Rare Disease, IQVIA
- Heidi Muller, Director Patient Engagement Strategy, Janssen Pharmaceutica

16:00 – 16:30 : Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 : Session 3 - Digital transformation 4.0 in clinical trials. Where do we stand ? 
Moderator : Christophe Severs, Vice President Strategy, Keyrus Group


- Philip Allegaert, Director Big Data & Analytics, Keyrus Group
- Esther Janssen, Head of Project Management, Keyrus Biopharma
- Vanessa Parrein, Managing Partner, Sillar Clinical 
- Xavier Gobert, Executive Director, MyData-Trust
- Valérie Kokoszka, Lecturer/Professor-Researcher, Centre d’Ethique Médicale, Université
de Lille

Closing session

17:30 – 17:45 : Conclusions and take home messages 
Alain Wouters, Managing Director, Whole Systems

17:45– 18:30 : Cocktail

Discover the detailed programme here!

Please note that there is only a limited amount of places available, so be quick to register!

Get visibility!

Showcase your business to our attendees and engage with the audience at the start of the conference, during coffee and lunch breaks and during the closing reception. 

Interested? Download our sponsorship guide and contact Marine Di Vincenzo to book your booth!

Please note that as the number of booths available is limited, BioWin and retain the right to select the applying companies. We give the priority to BioWin and members. 

Practical information

Price (VAT excl.)
BioWin and members: 100€
Non-members: 180€

(1) Please note that no refund will be made for cancellation.
However, the registered person may be replaced. If necessary, BioWin should be informed as soon as possible, with the full details of the new participant, at the following address:
[email protected]

(2) If you are registered and you need to cancel your participation, please notify BioWin ([email protected]) at least 72 hours in advance. Without prior cancellation, the entry ticket will be charged to the company to cover the costs. Thank you for your understanding.

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Mont des Arts, 1000 Bruxelles



BioWin: Marine Di Vincenzo ([email protected]) Stefaan Galle ([email protected])





Marine Di Vincenzo ([email protected])


BioWin: Marine Di Vincenzo ([email protected]) Stefaan Galle ([email protected])