Belgian Group for Animal Cell Technology

The story of Belact.

The Belgian Group for Animal Cell Technology (BELACT) was created in 1992 by P. Dewaele, L. Fabry, D. Malarme, A. Miller and J. Werenne. Since its foundation, BELACT has a strong affiliated history with the pan-European sister society, the European Society for Animal Cell Technology (ESACT).

Belgium is one of the largest plants of bio/pharma industries and is hosting leading research institutes working in biochemical engineering applied to mammalian cells. BELACT seeks at bringing together scientists and engineers, from Belgium and countries of close boarders (France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands etc.), working in the fields of animal cell culture.

Through the organization of regular topical events, BELACT aims at stimulating close scientific collaborations between academia and industry. The group is interested by the whole chain of bioproduction with animal cells: from cell lines/population characterization, bioprocess development, design of bioreactors, biomaterials, tissue engineering, recombinant protein production etc.

Executive Committee

Yves-Jacques
SCHNEIDER

Chairman

Catholic University of Louvain

Stefanos
GRAMMATIKOS

Vice-chairman

UCB Pharma

Isabelle
KNOTT (ESACT XC)

Secretary

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals

Florence
CHAINIAUX

Treasurer

University of Namur

Committee Members

Martine RAES

Committee Member

Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur

Christian GRANDFILS

Committee Member

University of Liège

John WERENNE

Committee Member

Free University of Bruxelles

Anne GILBERT

Committee Member

Novasep Belgium

Jérémie BARBAU

Committee Member - ad hoc member

OVIZIO Imaging Systems

Sébastien SART

Committee Member - ad hoc member

Ecole Polytechnique, France

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