|On Friday 16 October, Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the Flemish Government, visited the SCK•CEN research infrastructure in Mol. There he got acquainted with two research fields which are crucial for the development of new medical treatments, namely research into long manned space flights and research into the effects of radiation doses in medicine. This has already led to the formation of DoseVue, a spin-off based in Hasselt, which specialises in radiotherapy. In 2016, the SCK•CEN activities will yield more spin-offs.
"SCK•CEN operates a clear policy to valorize its research and the resulting projects," says Eric van Walle, director-general of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. "In this way, we aim to bridge the gap between the world of research and the corporate world and offer investors the chance to support projects which will greatly benefit society as a whole. It is vitally important to convert ideas developed by our researchers into specific applications which are of use to the general public. After DoseVue, our first spin-off which has yielded an important innovation in the field of cancer diagnosis and treatment, we’re going to start up a second spin-off before the end of this year. We want to continue in this way in 2016 as well. Eventually, these spin-offs will also create new jobs in the region."
"I’m very impressed with the research SCK•CEN is doing," says Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the Flemish Government. "Research into space travel is vital and often acts as a catalyst for innovation in other crucial sectors, such as the medical sector."
From left to right:
Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the Flemish Government
Eric Van Walle, SCK•CEN director-general
Derrick Gosselin, chairman of the SCK•CEN board of governors
Sarah Baatout, SCK•CEN head of Radiobiology