Kaneka Eurogentec: healing through DNA

A progressive method has made Kaneka Eurogentec, a spin-off of the University of Liège, the world leader in the large-scale production of DNA plasmids. The term “DNA plasmid” refers to a circular fragment of DNA that carries a gene that, once introduced into the patient, generates a protein – with no secondary effect – that […]

Kaneka: a revolutionary packaging to counter the “plastic soup”

After more than two years of research, the Japanese chemical group Kaneka’s Belgian site has developed a completely new organic packaging material which can not only be recycled by composting but, of course, is also biodegradable. This innovation is the fruit of a marriage between their two main areas of expertise: fermentation and macromolecular technology. […]

Janssen Pharmaceutica: Spray drying, a first for better drugs

Thanks to a combination of innovative technologies, Janssen Pharmaceutica’s Geel site has managed to increase the effectiveness of highly complex drugs by facilitating their absorption by the human body. New drugs have to treat diseases of increasing complexity. As a result, the active molecules – the active ingredients of these drugs – are increasingly elaborate. […]

Eastman Chemical Company: one molecule makes protecting crops safer and more effective

A team of researchers at Eastman Chemical Company has been working for three years on developing a synthetic molecule within a new production site in the port of Ghent. This molecule allows crops to be sprayed more safely and effectively. Phytosanitary products intended for agriculture are strictly regulated, hence the importance of optimum and safe […]

Rewarding sustainable innovations: the essenscia Innovation Award

Successful innovations attract investments, create new jobs and thus contribute to the Belgian economy. The chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector is highly innovative and every other year, essenscia’s Innovation Award recognises ground-breaking developments by international companies as well as SMEs, spin-offs or renowned research centres. The award aims to highlight innovations that improve people’s […]

Mithra wins essenscia Innovation Award 2019 with new-generation contraceptive pill

Liège biopharmaceutical company Mithra has won the essenscia Innovation Award 2019. After ten years of research and development in Belgium, Mithra, a company specialising in women’s health, is on the verge of reinventing the contraceptive pill. Their new pill, Estelle, is the first contraceptive pill to be based on estetrol (E4), a natural hormone that […]