The VIB Tech Watch initiative was founded in 2008, with the aim to provide  VIB  a competitive advantage in life sciences, since scientific breakthroughs are often preceded or paralleled with developments in tools and technologies that drive the field forward.

The Tech Watch team is continuously scouting for new, emerging technologies that can have an impact on the research of our scientists and which will boost the research and IP output at VIB. Their unique screening system allows the discovery of new technologies and start-ups early in their development. Technologies that can have a scientific impact on research performed at VIB are subsequently communicated to the VIB scientists. As such, they are privileged to have early-access to stealth technologies in their prototype phase and recently commercialized technologies. Moreover, the Tech Watch team also takes account of the set-up of agreements with the companies.

Funding is also available for the VIB scientists to lower the threshold to implement these new technologies in their research. Funding is subdivided in three different categories: ‘early-access fund’ for non-commercialized technologies, ‘new technologies fund’ for recently commercialized technologies and ‘Tech Development Fund’ for in-house development of new technologies within VIB. Additional information on the funding types and a model template to submit your project can be found on SPOC (VIB scientists only). The coming deadlines to apply for VIB Tech Watch funding in 2019 are 15th of March, 14th of June, 13th of September and 15th of November.

The ‘Innovation Lab’ has recently been introduced to further increase the uptake of new instruments within VIB. Additional information on the Innovation Lab and an overview on the running projects can be found here.

The Tech Watch team consist of three full-time team members, and an extended team including 9 group leaders (1 of each VIB department), 2 Core facility leaders and 1 IP manager. New technologies are frequently exchanged within the team, which leads to dispersing of the information across the whole institute. The Tech Watch team meets each quarter of a year to review the project applications submitted by the VIB scientists.

  • Silvie Van den Hoecke

    Silvie Van den Hoecke

    Manager Technology Innovation Lab
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  • Halina Novak

    Halina Novak

    Technology and Innovation Program Manager
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  • Wai Long Tam

    Wai Long Tam

    Manager Technology Innovation Lab
  • Toon Swings

    Toon Swings

    Life Science Technology Specialist
  • Viacheslav Mylka

    Viacheslav Mylka

    Sequencing Technology Specialist
  • Jeroen Aerts

    Jeroen Aerts

    Life Science Technology Specialist
  • Irina Matetovici

    Irina Matetovici

    Sequencing Technology Specialist
  • Yu-Chun Wang

    Yu-Chun Wang

    Technology Implementation Specialist
  • Michiel Bontinck

    Michiel Bontinck

    Life Sciences Technology Specialist

Tech Watch team

  • Mojca Strazisar

    Mojca Strazisar

    VIB Genetic Service Facility and Center for Molecular Neurology
  • Martin Guilliams

    Martin Guilliams

    Group Leader - Center for Inflammation Research
  • Joost Schymkowitz

    Joost Schymkowitz

    Group Leader - Center for Brain & Disease Research
  • Albena Jordanova

    Albena Jordanova

    Group Leader - Center for Molecular Neurology
  • Han Remaut

    Han Remaut

    Group Leader - Center for Structural Biology
  • Wim Grunewald

    Wim Grunewald

    IP Manager – VIB HQ
  • Bart Ghesquière

    Bart Ghesquière

    Core Manager - VIB Metabolomics Core
  • Stefaan Derveaux

    Stefaan Derveaux

    Core Manager – VIB Nucleomics
  • Thomas Jacobs

    Thomas Jacobs

    Expert Scientist - Center for Plant Systems Biology
  • Xavier Saelens

    Xavier Saelens

    Group Leader - Center for Medical Biotechnology
  • Tony Montoye

    Tony Montoye

    Business Development Manager, VIB HQ
  • Jeroen Raes

    Jeroen Raes

    Group Leader - Center for Microbiology
  • Sebastian Munck

    Sebastian Munck

    Expert Technologist - VIB Bioimaging Core and Center for Brain & Disease Research
  • Gabriele Bergers

    Gabriele Bergers

    Group leader, Center for Cancer Biology

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