EU Biotech Campus announces strategic partnerships with Siemens SA, Staübli and Takeda
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– Signing of collaboration agreements with three international industrial leaders during the visit of European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni and Secretary of State for Recovery and Strategic Investments Thomas Dermine

– Official launch of data science training program

The EU Biotech Campus, a new state-of-the-art, multi-operator training hub for the healthcare and biotech sector, announces strategic partnerships with technology company Siemens SA, mechatronics player Staübli, and biopharmaceutical company Takeda to develop its training program. These three collaboration agreements with international industry leaders were signed during the visit of the European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, and the State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments, in charge of Science Policy, Thomas Dermine, to the EU Biotech Campus as part of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Located in Charleroi’s BioPark, the EU Biotech Campus offers specialized training tailored to the needs of industry, to train students and professionals in next-generation biomanufacturing technologies. On Tuesday, April 9, the EU Biotech Campus will launch its first training program focusing on 4.0 skills and data science for biomanufacturing, maintenance, and supply chain activities in life sciences.

Following on from its first partnership with Belgian biotech Univercells, the EU Biotech Campus is consolidating its field of activity with three new major industry partners: Siemens SA, Staübli, and Takeda. The EU Biotech Campus aims to become the European benchmark for cutting-edge training in biomanufacturing, including digitalization and data management. These three new collaborations illustrate the EU Biotech Campus’ ongoing commitment to promoting innovation, excellence, and collaboration within the biotech industry.

Digital twin technology with Siemens

The partnership with Siemens SA will enable the EU Biotech Campus to offer training courses based on the concept of the digital twin, a technology that enables a virtual representation of an entire production unit and is essential in the biotech industry of the future. The company will be setting up its Digital Twin Academy, where students and professionals can learn about the latest advances in digital twins. Thierry Van Eeckhout, Senior Vice-President and Head of Siemens Digital Industries Belgium-Luxembourg, comments: “Siemens is delighted to join forces with EU Biotech campus to set up the Digital Twin Academy,” says Thierry Van Eeckhout, Senior Vice-President and Head Siemens Digital Industries Belgium.  “Digital Twin technology is one of the cornerstones of the Siemens portfolio and plays a crucial role within the industry to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. The further digitalization of the Belgian and European biotech sector remains of great importance, and only has a chance to succeed if it is driven by collaboration in a broad ecosystem of promising companies, sustainable visions and sufficient talent in the field. We are therefore happy to share our expertise and hope in this way to strengthen the growth of and innovation in the biotech sector.”

Robotics training with Staübli

Thanks to the collaboration with Staübli, one of the world’s leading mechatronic solutions providers with its Belgian headquarters in Kortrijk, a robotics and training academy will be created. This initiative aims to strengthen skills and knowledge in the field of robotics, underlining a shared commitment to innovation and the sharing of know-how in this strategic sector. Benjamin Parent, Area Sales Manager at Staubli, assures: “Staubli Robotics is proud to present its robotics knowledge and biotechnology expertise at the EU Biotech Campus.”

Takeda installed his Academy

Lessines-based biopharmaceutical company Takeda will set up its academy within the campus. This partnership will optimize Takeda’s existing training programs within the EU Biotech Campus ecosystem. Geoffrey Pot, General Manager Operations at Takeda, underlines the importance of this partnership: “Investing in upskilling and reskilling is crucial in the rapidly changing world of life sciences. That’s why at Takeda, we prioritize talent development as the future of healthcare depends on nurturing the brightest minds. We want to make sure that our workforce evolves in harmony with the latest technologies, using AI, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to drive progress and innovation in the long run. Our ambition is not only to shape the future of medicine but also the future of talent.”

Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments, in charge of Science Policy, comments: “This official European visit to Charleroi bears witness to the quality and importance of this project, which is just one example of the hundreds of projects that have benefited from the RRF in Belgium. It also demonstrates the importance of the research and innovation axis within the Recovery Plan, alongside sustainability, which is very largely financed through wind power in the North Sea or hydrogen networks”.

Frédéric Druck, President of the EU Biotech Campus and Director of essenscia wallonie, concludes: “Tomorrow’s talents will be inventing and producing the vaccines and innovative treatments of the future. I’m therefore delighted that these three new partnerships will enable us to broaden and strengthen the EU Biotech Campus training offer to support the fast-growing biotech sector. With the official launch of our first training program, the EU Biotech Campus is more than ever on track. We were delighted to share this milestone today with European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, Secretary of State Thomas Dermine, and Walloon Budget and Finance Minister Adrien Dolimont.

Plus d’infos : biotechcampus.eu