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Prof. Dr. Veerle Visser-Vandewalle is a neurosurgeon and head of services in the Department of Stereotaxy and Functional Neurosurgery at the Uniklinik in Cologne, Germany.

Veerle Visser-Vandewalle

University of Cologne

She inserts electrodes deep into the brain to relieve parkinsonism and neuropathic pain.

At 34, she made it into the top journal The Lancet after the world’s first successful operation on a patient with Tourette's syndrome. Now, 20 years later, Visser-Vandewalle’s research target is Alzheimer’s disease. In 2019, she became a knight of the Order of Leopold II for her exceptional achievements in her field.

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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?