Intellectual Property at VIB

Innovative basic knowledge of VIB

VIB converts scientific discoveries and insights into applications that serve society and result in an improved quality of life. The innovative basic knowledge of VIB forms a continuous source of new technologies and discoveries that can form the basis of new societal and industrial applications, such as diagnostic tools, medicines or agricultural products. To achieve this, VIB protects its discoveries with patents. These are actively licensed to companies, both nationally and internationally, who want to convert the discoveries to useful products or applications.

Ground-breaking research and technology transfer

Intellectual Property (IP) rights are key to attract investors and collaborators to VIB’s academic environment. Thanks to IP Rights, a research and collaboration agreement with industry can be set up. IP can also be licensed to obtain industrial income. And finally, IP Rights are crucial to attract the necessary funding for the start of a new company.

In-house IP at VIB 

With a view to commercializing research results and considering major downstream investments, it is important to safeguard VIB assets with IP Rights. VIB takes a proactive approach geared towards protecting new inventions by patents.

These inventions serve as the basis for new startups and agreements with life science companies and thus create economic and social added value.

VIB’s IP Management team pro-actively harvests inventions within the institute, assesses patentability, drafts, files and prosecutes patents, carries out patent landscaping and freedom to operate (FTO) analysis. The dedicated team of five includes paralegal support.

The IP team works closely together with the Business Development and New Ventures teams on implementing an integrated strategy.

VIB scientists are encouraged to contact the IP team before an invention is disclosed in a publication or at a seminar.

Eager to learn more? 
Read the interview with Jan Demolder (Head of IP at VIB)

Patents are instrumental in the establishment and growth of life-sciences industries, here and globaly

The process of tech transfer starts with safeguarding scientific inventions by means of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights. IP Rights constitute a meaningful share of today’s academic environment. The time-consuming and highly expensive development of novel drugs, diagnostics or agricultural innovations requires IP protection to prevent copying of products. Scientific curiosity and excellence can lead to improvements in health, agriculture and economic activity, provided the right technology-transfer mechanisms are in place.