16 Nov 2021

The Future of Biopharma Engineering in Belgium

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November 16, from 19:00 to 23:00

Enterprise Ireland, the Irish trade & innovation agency


De Hoorn
Sluisstraat 79
3000 Leuven
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Enterprise Ireland, the Irish trade & innovation agency, invites you to our Networking Dinner "The Future of Biopharma Engineering in Belgium".
Meet and greet with peers and stakeholders active in the Belgian biopharma landscape and learn more about the future of biopharma production and sustainability.


19:00 - Welcome and reception
20:00 - Networking dinner with 2 guest speakers

Koen Dierckx

“What Will Drive the Future of Biopharma Production?”
Koen Dierckx is the co-founder and CEO of SIMABS (www.simabs.com), a Belgian startup biotechnology venture that provides monoclonal antibodies to biopharmaceutical companies by means of a unique continuous biomanufacturing platform. He has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical operations and management, a.o. at Sanofi Genzyme and JSR Micro. He will give us his vision on the current challenges of pharma production including time, quality, cost, carbon footprint, etc.

Patrick van der Straeten

“Baxter European R&D Headquarter: Another Way to Think Sustainability”
Patrick van der Straeten is a well-known Belgian architect specialized in the design and construction management of pharmaceutical buildings: laboratories, production facilities, workshops, and warehouses. His experience working for clients such as GSK, Baxter, Takeda and PolyPeptide Laboratories led him to a deep reflection on strategic site master planning and second life of industrial sites. Through his presentation of the iconic Baxter building in Braine l’Alleud – their largest research site in Europe – he will introduce an original approach to sustainability.