The life sciences industry in Belgium has a strong tradition in biotechnology and pharmaceutical activities, particularly on the innovative side. In fact, the life sciences and chemical industries together constitute the country’s largest export sectors. Belgium’s biotechnology industry encompasses health, agriculture, industrial and environmental companies. Biotech innovation continues to thrive in Belgium due to the increase in investment in research and development and the skilled workforce working in this sector.

Market Facts

  • Chemistry & Life Sciences: the largest export sector in Belgium.
  • 25% of all researchers in the Belgian private sector are working in the chemicals and life sciences fields.

Bio.be/Essenscia

Bio.be is the Belgian federation of companies active in life sciences and biotechnologies. It is part of essenscia, the Belgian federation for chemistry and life sciences industries. In its advocacy role, bio.be/essenscia represents the interests of its members as regards to legislation and standards at various policy levels (Belgium, EU, OECD).

In its communication role, the federation promotes the excellence of its members to deliver innovative products, services and technologies for a better life for today and for the future.