Research center for high-resolution electron cryogenic microscopy to open


The Center for Structural Biology (VIB-VUB), headed by Professors Jan Steyaert and Han Remaut officially opened the ‘international facility for Bio Electron Cryogenic Microscopy’ (BECM) at the VUB Campus in Brussels. The research center houses the a new kind cryo-electron microscope (cryo-EM), one of just three in the world. The microscope pushes the boundaries of research into active proteins for the development of medicines and, thanks to its unique properties, will be operating on a 24/7 basis. 

How tech transfer transforms new technologies into life-impacting solutions


​People in and around VIB are well aware of our adage: basic research as a starting point for tangible solutions that benefit society. But translating a paper or a technology into a groundbreaking new drug or agricultural application doesn’t happen overnight. The importance of the tech transfer process was recently illustrated by a study led by Nico Callewaert (VIB-UGent) and Jan Steyaert (VIB-VUB). The paper presents a technology platform for synthetic biology, and is a great example of how innovation and entrepreneurship go hand in hand.