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New blood is doing well here: We need your help to continuously occupy one bed between the 25th March and the 25th April


In the run-up to the Campus Event on Saturday the 25th April, the medical campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Jette Campus, has organised a blood donation campaign that will run for a full month. This initiative started on the 25th of March, with the cooperation of the Red Cross. After all, the Jette Campus offers education with a social relevance, stimulating awareness and confidence in its students, as well as a sense of social necessity and responsibility.


Do you also have a social conscience?
Then come and visit the blood transfusion centre at the Jette Campus and donate blood between the 25th March and the 25th April. If we can manage to keep one bed continuously occupied during the opening hours of every working day for the entire month, this will result in a total of 640 donors, donating no less than 256 litres of blood. You can reserve your place via the Red Cross website or by telephone on 02 477 67 17.


A good example is half the work
The picture shows the first donors, from left to right: Francis Vander Mynsbrugge (Department Head of the Jette Campus, Erasmus University College, Brussels), Prof. Alain Dupont (Dean of the Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Dr. Jan Schots (Medical Director and Chief Physician of the UZ Brussel) and Dixie Van De Wiele (HealthCity Club Manager). The first three have just donated blood, while the last was still donating when the picture was taken.


Free performance by Lapaz
You can donate blood up to and including the day of the Campus Event itself, the 25th April. All campus partners will open their doors on that day to enable future students to have a taste of their future. In addition to information about the different study options, demonstrations and sports intermezzos, a free performance by Lapaz is also on the day’s programme. You can find more information on (available in Dutch only).



Bio Spin-Off Day: How to start my own spin-off?

Under the umbrella of the BioSCENTer (K.U.Leuven), a study day will be organised on the start-up of spin-offs in biotechnology and biomedicine on the 29th April. The central questions during this session will be: What are the best contacts to make if I want to start up a spin-off in biotech or biomedicine? How do I proceed? Which business plan should I write? What should be my role models? What are the critical factors with regard to capital, niche markets and intellectual property? How can I make a difference?


Like minded
This unique event is aimed at all masters, doctorate students and researchers in science, biomedical science and engineering. If you would like to meet a lot of ‘likeminded’ people in order to ask questions in connection with role models and leading experts, be sure to attend this Bio Spin-off day.


Practical information
 Wednesday, the 29th April 2009 from 1 p.m.
 Location: Thermotechnisch Instituut (Thermo-Technical Institute) (near the Kasteelpark), Arenberg 41, Heverlee
 Participation is free of charge, but registration is obligatory and can take place via the BioSCENTer website.
 When developing your concrete plans, you can call on the Technology Transfer Interface of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for assistance.

Knowledge for Growth is focussing on ‘Trends and New Markets in Life Sciences’

Knowledge for Growth is the annual Life Sciences meeting of FlandersBio and will take place on Thursday, the 7th May 2009 at the ICC in Ghent. This year’s edition is focussing on ‘Trends and New Markets in Life Sciences’. The main ingredients for this symposium are networking, scientific lectures, science, technology and a poster exhibition. All Flemish universities and various research institutions will present their research and technology in the academic lounge, indicating their potential commercial applications.
You will find all the information you need regarding the programme, abstracts, the location and how to reach it on the Knowledge for Growth site.