“Innovating the analysis and engineering of biomolecular systems to investigate and alleviate human disease.”

Cutting edge biotechnology research at the MBC is directed by six principal investigators. The research groups have a longstanding reputation in different fields of protein biology. Bringing together expertise in protein engineering and expression, interactomics, proteomics and bioinformatics enables a multi-disciplinary approach.

On a regional scale, the Medical Biotechnology Center is embedded within VIB and Ghent University, which catalyses collaborations with scientific partners.

MBC’s focus is to develop new and innovative molecular tools and technologies to challenge human health problems. An emerging and fascinating research theme at MBC is the development and production of new biopharmaceuticals and vaccines (movie). MBC is currently working on new applications in tuberculosis research, cancer treatment, antiviral immunity and others. A strong incentive to bring MBC technologies to patients resulted in the creation of three spin-off companies; Devgen (acquired by Syngenta), Pronota (acquired by MyCartis) and Oxyrane.

The Medical Biotechnology Center also houses VIB’s Proteomics Expertise Center and can as such rightfully call itself home to VIB’s proteomics experts.