VIB is a life sciences research institute, based in Flanders, Belgium. VIB performs basic research with a strong focus on translating scientific results into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications. VIB has nine institutional core facilities, providing support in a wide array of research fields and housing a specialised scientific equipment and services. VIB’s technology transfer activities translate research results into new economic ventures which, in time, lead to new products that can be used in medicine, agriculture and other applications. Institute also engages actively in the public debate on biotechnology by developing and disseminating a wide range of science based information about all aspects of biotechnology.