Pushing technological boundaries

“New research issues in the life sciences require new research tools,” said Nico Callewaert of the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology. “We are pushing back the limits of bio-analytical and bioengineering tools to arrive at a new technological approach to drug development, diagnostics, vaccines, therapies, etc.”

Callewaert gave the detection of tumor DNA in the blood as an example. This should enable cancer to be detected much earlier. “Our center probably has the highest geek value of the entire VIB,” joked Callewaert, “this is absolutely the place to be for obsessive techies with a passion for technology and for life sciences.” 

Nico Callewaert, Science Director of the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology