Green Biotechnology in Belgium: The Ghent Innovation District.

18 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Last revised: 16 Oct 2017

Date Written: May 15, 2017


In this contribution, the Ghent green biotech innovation district in highlighted. Belgium has firmly established itself as an international red biotechnology, i.e. pharmaceutical and healthcare applications - country, with a world class biotechnology industry in the Flanders and Wallonia bioRegions. But what about green biotechnology?

This contribution explores the long-standing evolution of the green biotechnology cluster in the bioRegion of Flanders (Belgium), in particular in the Ghent innovation district.

It shows that triple helix (Business – Government – Academia) and public private frameworks provide good practices for new green biotechnology entrepreneurial ventures in conjunction with the strategic alliances with large global companies. Fruitful collaborations with top level university research institutions and cluster organizations such as the Flanders Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) enhance R&D-investments and result in new spin-offs.

Keywords: Biotechnology, Innovation District, Open innovation

Suggested Citation

Segers, Jean-Pierre, Green Biotechnology in Belgium: The Ghent Innovation District. (May 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Jean-Pierre Segers (Contact Author)

HEC-ULg University of Liège ( email )

Rue Louvrex
Liège, 4000

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