Belgium: Walloon Region
Sylvie Ponchaut
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About us

The BioWin competitiveness cluster brings together all the innovation system players in the field of health (biopharma and medtech) in Wallonia, with the goal of stimulating regional economic redeployment.

Initially, BioWin’s role was largely focused on the development, selection and monitoring of collaborative research and innovation (R&I) projects involving universities, research centers, academic hospitals and industries.

This role has expanded over time, and today, the cluster is also involved in implementing the sector’s industrial policy (industrial innovation and research, training, support for business growth, etc.). The purpose of this is to develop and anchor skills, knowledge and jobs.

Our mission

Accelerate innovation to:

  • meet tomorrow’s public health challenges.
  • develop the knowledge, employment and competitiveness of all players in the health sector ecosystem in Wallonia.

Our vision

By 2025:

  • Wallonia will be recognized internationally for its world-class academic, clinical and industrial research environment in the field of Life Sciences. The competitiveness of the Walloon biopharmaceutical industry will be strengthened, and our Region will have become one of the world’s largest hubs in research, development and industrial production of vaccines and biologics. An efficient and competitive healthcare innovation ecosystem will have been created by unifying the hospital and business worlds
Established - 01 July 2006
Staff in the management team - 6-10

Cluster composition

  • 234
    Cluster Members
  • 187
  • 20
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 10
    Large Companies
  • 12
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 25
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Collaborative R&D projects

  • 253 partners,
  • 44 R&D projects
  • creation of 5 companies
  • Total private & public funding of EUR 142 Mios
  • Support the development of 3 technological platforms (cell therapy, proton therapy, big data) and a biobanking network

Skills development

  • 17 granted training projects for a total of EUR 29,6 million
  • Specific trainings followed by 15.000 people to develop technical, scientific and managerial skills to support the growth and competitiveness of the sector.
  • A one-stop shopping platform including continuous trainings in Wallonia for the Health sector. Advisory support from the Skills Development Department


  • Co-founder different regional/european thematic networks: Wal-Dx (Wallonia in vitro Diagnostics network), (Belgian Network for Radiation Applications to Healthcare), EDCA (European Diagnostic Clusters Alliance)
  • Chairmanship of CEBR (Council of European BioRegions) and EDCA
  • Collaborative agreement with Alsace Biovalley – 1 R&D project

Asia and USA

  • Collaborative agreement with CQDM (Canada), MLSC (Massachussets, USA) – 3 transnational projects funded 
  • Partnership with Juke Biotech Park (China)
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
Dutch English French
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Sylvie Ponchaut
Cluster Manager
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Human health and social work activities:Q86 Human health activities
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Human health activities:Q8690 Other human health activities
Cross-sectoral industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Medical or veterinary science; hygiene
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing) - KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems


Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Access to finance: Public funding
Access to finance: Private funding
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

BioWin has defined four strategic areas of development that are key to achieving its aims.Foster the emergence of innovative R&D projects in human and animal health  The Government of Wallonia initiates regional and international calls for R&D projects to encourage a collaborative dynamic between universities, companies and research centres so that together, they develop innovative products and services with high added-value and potential for commercialization at the national and international level. BioWin supports 7 technological domains through its smart specialisation strategy. Check our complete S3 strategy online:​Globally promote and position Walloon expertise Develop communication tools aimed to promote scientific and industrial excellence from Wallonia on the world stage by participating in the main Healthcare biotechnology trade fairs, by creating and consolidating partnerships and/or relationships with foreign competitiveness clusters and Healthcare clusters, and by participating in European networks and projects.Develop skills, attract and retain a highly qualified human capital Implement training programmes to ensure the availability of a qualified and skilled workforce to support the development of the healthcare and biotechnology sectors, both in the short term and in years to come.Support the creation of collective technological infrastructures Support the emergence of innovation platforms capable of meeting the collective technological needs of the members.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

Project name

Magia - COSME Cluster Go international project  - 2018-2020

BioWin is member of COSME Cluster Go international project "Magia" in the medical technologies sector (MedTech) i.e. medical devices, In Vitro Diagnostics and medical imaging equipment. The initiative shall support MedTech sector especially SMEs and business network organisations to intensify collaboration across borders with four industrial clusters: Bioindustry Silvano Fumero (Italy), BioWin (Belgium), Lyonbiopole (France) and Norgenta Nordeutsche (Germany). The ultimate goal of the project is to develop and implement joint strategies to strengthen, through cooperation and resource-sharing, the competitiveness on 2 target global markets of clusters’ SMEs operating in the field and to make the innovative European medtech industry more visible.

ABC Europe (CIP – Europe Innova - DG Entreprise) - 2009-2012

This project is essentially aimed at promoting transnational cooperation between European Health clusters to develop and implement useful tools to increase the international dimension of the clusters and their SME members.It brings together 13 Health clusters : Milan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IT – Coordinator) – One Nucleus (GB) – Stockholm Science City (SE) – Medicon Valley Alliance (DK-SE) – BioWin (BE) – Medicen (FR) – Alsace Biovalley (FR) - Heidelberg (DE) – BioM (DE)- Cluster BioPMed (IT) – Innova (HU) – El Parc Cientific de Barcelona (SP) – Matimop (IS).

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine – TERM (Regions of Knowledge – DG Research) - 2010-2013

The “Regions of Knowledge” projects specifically bring together “triple helix” clusters, that is clusters driven by a culture of applied innovation through partnerships between industries and university and non-university research centres and supported by their regional authorities. Clusters and public authorities play an active role in the project to ensure that it is a priority for the region. The initial aim of TERM is to establish a consensus between 13 partners from 7 European regions about a research agenda and non-R&D priorities in the field of regenerative medicine. The partners will then implement these priorities by means of tools that they will develop together (action plan). Partners: Atlanpole Biothérapies (FR - Coordinator) - MedCoast Scandinavia (NO/SE) - Fondazione Centro San Raffaele del Monte Tabor (IT) - UppsalaBIO (SE) - BioWin (BE) - Madrid BioCluster (ES) - Baltic Innovation Agency (EE) - Berlin – Brandenburg Centre for Regenerative Therapies (DE) - Interface Europe (BE) - Région Pays de la Loire (FR) - Service public de Wallonie (BE) - Vinnova (SE) - Uppsala Regional Council (SE).

Nanocardio - INTERREG project - 2016 to 2020

Nanocardio project aims to develop systems for the early diagnosis of atherosclerosis and the risks resulting from it. The project is based on the development of nanoplatforms carrying magnetic and optical diagnostic probes, respectively for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical imaging (fluorescence). These nanoplatforms will also have a specific system for the recognition of cells from atheromatous plaques. The objective, therefore, is the early detection of atheromatous plaques in order to evaluate the cardiovascular risk for the patient. Nanocardio is a 4 years for a total budget of € 1.6 million.

Partners: University of Mons (Belgium) is the project leader, and the other two operators are the University of Reims (France) and the University of Ghent (Belgium). BioWin is an associated partner of the project, together with IMEC (Leuven, Belgium), Eurasanté (Lille, France), The Institute of Electronics, Microelecrtonics and Nanotechnologies (Villeneuve d’Ascq, France) and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire of Reims (Reims, France). Main deliverables expected (for BioWin): (1) Support and improve cross-border collaboration in research and innovation (2) Strengthen medical imaging in Wallonia, as well as scientific excellence in one of our clinical and academic assets: the cardiovascular research (3) Opportunity to create connections with new actors that could contribute to the development of BioWin and the Regional Healthcare Ecosystem.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

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