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.