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The late Christian de Duve was a physician, biochemist and cytologist.

Christian De Duve

Not only did he discover the lysosome and peroxisome of the cell organelle, but he also dedicated a substantial part of his research to insulin and glucagon. For this, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1974.

As an emeritus professor, de Duve was devoted to the study of the origin and evolution of life, writing three acclaimed books on the subject. Until his death in 2003, he studied the correlation between the knowledge of brain cells and our place in the universe.

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Flanders’ life sciences industry: the perfect combo of biotech, medtech, pharma and healthcare

Defining Flanders’ life sciences industry as diverse is an understatement. From young start-ups to established local firms and multinationals: the entire value chain – from research and discovery to development and commercialization – is represented in Belgium’s northern region. Thanks to fertile cross-pollination between biotech, medtech, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, Flanders offers a unique life sciences ecosystem that is underpinned by a robust financing landscape and a supportive government. Will your company claim its place in this dynamic hub?