Septic shock is caused by excessive and systemic reaction of the entire body against infectious agents, in most cases of bacterial origin. The number of deaths by septic shock in intensive care units is very high and is still increasing, despite numerous large scale clinical trials. Scientists of VIB and UGent, supervised by Peter Vandenabeele, demonstrated in a mouse study that a potential novel treatment for sepsis may consist of the simultaneous neutralization of two harmful cytokines in the blood circulation.
VIB is an excellence-based life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium, which conducts frontline research and unravels the molecular mechanisms of life and disease. VIB has more than 1300 scientists originating from over 60 countries. Since its inception VIB is also an entrepreneurial biotechnology catalyst focusing on translating basic scientific breakthroughs into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications. In this context, VIB pro-actively translates biological insights into proof-of-concept stage assets which can be the basis for active partnering with industrial players or the launch of new Venture Capital-backed biotechnology ventures. VIB also actively engages in the public debate on biotechnology by developing and disseminating a wide range of science-based information about all aspects of biotechnology.
The European Commission set up a program to stimulate research and innovation, called Horizon 2020 (H2020). The program comprises a nearly €80 billion funding budget. The objective is to develop breakthrough innovations to secure the global competitiveness of Europe.
In order to help scientists in the agricultural sector to submit their proposals, Agrolink created acatalyst program. The first workshop – the Agrolink 2020-lookout – will take place on Wednesday February 5th 2014.
Flamac, the research centre on high-throughput materials development since 2005, has announced it has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The certification demonstrates Flamac’s commitment to quality in its services and processes, and its dedication to customer satisfaction.