BE2 - Vlaams Gewest / Flanders Region
Innovation Performance Group (2021) : Leader -
Total population (2019): 6,596,233
Population per km² (2019): 493
Proportion population older 65 year %: 20,20%
Flanders has showcased as a region with great potential in the pharmaceutical market. The region is characterised by exceptionally rapid approval times for clinical trials and puts heavy emphasis on biotech R&D, through a well-developed ecosystem of startups, SMEs and larger international companies. Different strategic research centra (VIB, imec, VITO) focus on aspects related to personalised medicine and work on the valorisation of their research.
Personalised medicine is furthermore one of the priorities in Flanders' smart specialisation strategy. In this light, Flanders is one of the leading regions in the smart specialisation partnership on personalised medicine (S3P4PM) and coordinator of the SAPHIRe project.
Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities?
Yes - S3 partnerships
Regional level: Vlaamse Beleidsplan Gepersonaliseerde Geneeskunde
Regional level: Vlaanderen in transitie
Regional press release: SAPHIRe
Funding programmes or other support measures:
Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)
Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes
Antwerpen registry of congenital anomalies - contributes to the EUROCAT network
Digital Innovation Hubs:
Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?
Organisations in Flanders
Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)
1M+Genome initiative - country level member
European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)
PM region according EC
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