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Emeritus professor baron Marc Van Montagu is a pioneer in plant molecular biology. Together with molecular biologist, Jozef Schell, he discovered the mechanism for gene transfer between Agrobacterium tumefaciens and plants.

Marc Van Montagu


Science Advisor


Emeritus Professor

His technique is now used worldwide to produce genetically engineered plants. Van Montagu helped establish biotech firms Plant Genetic System and CropDesign.

Through his career, he produced over 1,100 scientific publications that have been cited more than 90,000 times. For his accomplishments, he has received numerous prestigious awards and honors.

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?