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Here you'll find the latest press releases on VIB research and other important news.

Genetische defecten kunnen evolutionair voordeel bieden op langere termijn


Op het eerste zicht lijkt evolutie een verhaal van continue, stapsgewijze vooruitgang. Wie verzwakt, verliest volgens Darwins wet van survival of the fittest. Toch kunnen genetische defecten, die een organisme in eerste instantie verzwakken, de overlevingskansen op langere termijn vergroten. Deze opmerkelijke bevindingen van bio-ingenieurs aan KU Leuven en VIB betekenen een belangrijke stap in ons begrip van evolutie. 

ExeVir Bio to Accelerate Development of New Treatment Conferring Broad Protection Against Covid-19


ExeVir Bio announces today a first closing of a EUR23 million Series A financing led by Fund+, with the participation of VIB, UCB Ventures, the Belgian Federal Government via SFPI-FPIM, V-Bio Ventures and several Belgian family offices. ExeVir Bio has been established by Belgian partners combining world class science, antibody engineering, manufacturing, blue-chip venture capital investment and Flemish Government financing, which have joined forces in a unique collaboration to boost the development of new therapies to combat Covid-19.  

Three VIB group leaders receive an ERC Proof of Concept grant


Each year, the European Research Council awards Proof of Concept grants to ERC grant holders who wish to take their ERC research one step further towards application. This year, no less than three VIB principal investigators have received an ERC PoC grant: Prof. Kevin Verstrepen (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology), Prof. Patrik Verstreken, and Prof. Stein Aerts (both from the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain and Disease Research).

Engineering protein nanopores to improve DNA sequencing


DNA sequencing provides insight into the blueprint of living cells and individuals and is now used in many aspects of biological sciences, medicine, biotechnology and forensic sciences. An ultrafast way to sequence DNA is to read the nucleotide letters of single DNA strands as they pass through a protein nanopore. A new study by the team of Prof. Han Remaut (VIB-VUB) in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore Technologies presents a nanopore that is engineered to hold two constrictions. 

FWO awards Excellence Prizes to two VIB researchers


Every five years, the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) awards the prestigious Excellence Prizes to eminent Flemish researchers with a distinguished career in science. In 2020, two VIB researchers working at Ghent University have received this important recognition for their outstanding scientific career and dedication to research: Prof. Bart Lambrecht (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research) and prof. Wout Boerjan (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology).