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When a virus creates jobsWhen a virus creates jobs

In 2001 virologists in Rotterdam, The Netherlands discovered a new virus that causes serious respiratory illnesses mainly in young children. The discovery was the beginning of a successful company that enabled the development and production of a range of diagnostic products. This led to substantial job creation and made a positive contribution to public health.

May 2013


Virus detection kit prevents food poisoning outbreaksVirus detection kit prevents food poisoning outbreaks

Imported foods such as shellfish and soft fruits may be contaminated with harmful viruses. Until recently, there was no adequate technology for large-scale virus control of such imports. Together with the French company CEERAM, the University of Barcelona in Spain developed a user-friendly kit to detect hepatitis A in food, which prevents virus outbreaks.

May 2013


Controlling HIV with a trojan horseControlling HIV with a trojan horse

Being an HIV-infected person in the 1980s meant having a mostly lethal condition and taking up to twenty pills a day to postpone the inevitable death sentence. Thanks to research done in a collaboration between Belgian, Czech and United States researchers, an HIV infection is now rather a chronic disease for which only one pill a day is sufficient to lead a virtually normal life.

May 2013


Expanding views with 3D microscopesExpanding views with 3D microscopes

When scientists from the Belgian Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) met technology transfer professionals, they could not foresee how only a couple of years later they would be heading a firm developing and selling a full range of microscopes based on digital holography. The basic technology was developed at the university, the applications by the spin-off company Ovizio.

May 2013


Caries treatment without drillingCaries treatment without drilling

Drilling and filling is the usual dentist’s approach to caries. In the early stages, however, caries progression can be halted with a new infiltrant fluid. This fast, painless technique leaves the healthy tooth tissue intact. The German company DMG has perfected the technology, which was invented at Charité-University Medicine in Berlin, Germany and brought it to the worldwide market.

May 2013


Prolonging the life of cancer patientsProlonging the life of cancer patients

For decades, research teams have been looking for ways to treat cancer. A pioneer in this field, Professor Axel Ullrich, developed Sutent, a drug that prolongs the lives of cancer patients by blocking the blood supply to the tumour. This drug originated in the laboratories of the Max Planck Institute and has become a blockbuster for Pfizer Oncology.

May 2013

Beneforté Broccoli

Super broccoli with cancer-fighting nutrientsSuper broccoli with cancer-fighting nutrients

Many people know that broccoli is a healthy vegetable. Thanks to British scientists, a healthier variety of broccoli is available in the the United Kingdom and the United States. This broccoli contains up to three times more of the nutrient glucoraphanin than normal broccoli. Scientific studies indicate that this nutrient may offer protection against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

January 2013


New drug relieves cancer patientsNew drug relieves cancer patients

When Horst Lindhofer started research on bispecific antibodies in cancer treatment, he could not have expected that many years later, the drug developed from this research would be so beneficial to cancer patients. The drug, called Removab, inhibits painful fluid build-up in the abdomen.

January 2013

Cochlear implants

Better speech recognition with cochlear implantsBetter speech recognition with cochlear implants

Cochlear implants greatly improve the quality of life for severely hearing-impaired people. However, understanding speech in noisy conditions remains a challenge. Scientists from the University of Leuven in Belgium and market leader Cochlear are developing software that improves signal processing in cochlear implants, enabling better speech recognition.

January 2013


Preventing unnecessary chemotherapy with MammaprintPreventing unnecessary chemotherapy with Mammaprint

Although medical science has improved over the years, cancer remains a terrible disease. It often requires demanding chemotherapy. This therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat cancer, despite the severe side effects it often causes. Yet, not all tumours have a malignant nature. Early-stage breast tumours, for instance, do not
always require chemotherapy. Often, hormone therapy following removal of the tumour by surgery is enough to cure the disease.

January 2013
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