Biotech company Rejuvenate moves to Diepenbeek
POM Limburg attracts new player to Health Campus
POM Limburg has brought biomedical company Rejuvenate Biomed to the Health Campus in Diepenbeek. The company will open a new branch there, and will recruit a further 25 profiles over the next five years.
Biomedical company Rejuvenate Biomed, with branches in Heusden-Zolder and Beerse, develops medicines to delay or prevent the onset of age-related diseases. Rejuvenate currently employs 10 people. In addition to its Belgian branch, the company also works together with laboratories in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
25 new employees
Rejuvenate is looking for new talent, and aims to create local opportunities in this regard. The company will therefore be setting up a new branch on the Health Campus, where it will recruit 25 highly skilled new profiles over the next five years. These will include scientists, lab analysts, engineers, biomedical engineers, doctors and statisticians.
In the words of Rejuvenate Biomed Founder and CEO, Dr Ann Beliën: “We can continue to grow our business on the Health Campus. As a Limburg-based company, we are especially proud to be working together with companies such as Anima Research Centre, Amador Bioscience and Clinitude, building towards the future. By coming together in Diepenbeek, we can offer professional opportunities to local talent throughout the entire medicines development process: from lab to patient. But recent graduates will also get the opportunity to further develop their careers on the campus. What is more, the location is a real trump. Thanks to its location at the crossroads with the Netherlands and Germany, the campus is a strategically important base for collaborations with international companies and cross-border knowledge institutions.”
Rejuvenate has been working for quite some time with BIOMED, the Biomedical Research Institute at UHasselt, on research into ageing. In the future, they will also share lab facilities in BioVille.
Piet Stinissen, Dean of Medicine and Life Sciences at UHasselt: “We are delighted that Rejuvenate will continue to grow in Diepenbeek. Our biomedical researchers from UHasselt are already working closely with the Rejuvenate team led by Ann Beliën. The company will reinforce our burgeoning Health Campus ecosystem and will provide additional job opportunities for students of life sciences at UHasselt.”
The arrival of Rejuvenate at the Health Campus in Diepenbeek dovetails nicely with the ambitions of POM Limburg to build a strong ecosystem around healthcare.
Tom Vandeput, Deputy for the Economy and Chairman of POM Limburg: “The Health Campus will be the epicentre of innovation and digitalisation in healthcare. Both in Flanders and beyond.”
Rejuvenate is the fourth company to set up at the new campus, thereby helping to strengthen the latter’s position.
“Besides attracting major international players, including Amador Bioscience, we want to provide every opportunity for growing businesses from our own province. Rejuvenate is a great example of that. The combination of established international companies and young companies with excellent potential can only benefit the ecosystem,” stresses Tom Vandeput.
The first building of the Health Campus will open its doors in 2023.