VIB is a centre of excellence in Life Science research located in Flanders, the north part of Belgium. VIB has a joined venture with five major Flanders Universities, and researchers are active on the university campuses. VIB is uniting forces of all university partners, VIB Core Facilities, the Discovery sciences team and a Technology Watch team to allow the adoption of novel technologies in the field. VIB is widely recognized as a world-leading knowledge centre in life sciences and biotechnology with an excellent reputation in technology transfer. The unique combination of basic research and a focus on innovation and business is one of the major contributors to its success. VIB is highly committed to being the driving force behind the growth of the dynamic life sciences cluster in Flanders.