Basic research as a starting point for tangible solutions that benefit society
Economic impact of VIB discoveries
Numerous of these VIB discoveries can be used for the development of novel social and industrial applications, including diagnostic tests, therapeutic agents, and agricultural innovations. VIB does not itself develop and commercialize consumer-ready applications but signs partnerships with companies and spins out companies that can. This is how the results of basic VIB research eventually end up in the hands of patients, farmers, and consumers.
Social impact VIB discoveries
VIB strongly believes that technology transfer in academia flourishes best in a research environment that is inspired by the needs of patients, farmers, and consumers, but that is also focused on pushing the frontiers of science. The evidence is accumulating of a correlation between top-level research and successful technology transfer.