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Late professor Pieter De Somer dedicated most of his career to research in the field of microbiology and immunology.

Pieter De Somer

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Later, he went on to work for the Leuven Institute of Bacteriology under the auspices of Professor Richard Bruynooghe. In 1954, he founded the Leuven Rega Institute for Medical Research.

De Somer also helped build the Gasthuisberg Campus of the University Hospital Leuven into the largest hospital in Belgium. In 1968, he became the first rector of KU Leuven, one of Flanders’ five universities, which he remained until his death in 1985.


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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?