essenscia Patent Cell: free expertise for the protection of innovations

Created in 2011 with the support of the Federal Public Service Economy, essenscia’s Patent Cell is a permanent point of contact for companies in the chemical, plastics and life sciences sectors – particularly SMEs – for all their intellectual property-related questions. With interactive workshops, tailor-made services and the identification of the latest technologies and scientific […]

REIN4CED produces ultra-light and unbreakable bicycle frames

In 2019, the Leuven-based start-up REIN4CED opened a production facility for the automated manufacture of bicycle frames. REIN4CED uses a revolutionary material that is unbreakable, unlike current bicycle frames made of carbon. The company is supported by the essenscia Innovation Fund. REIN4CED, founded in 2015 as a spin-off of KU Leuven, has developed a revolutionary […]

BlueChem, the first incubator for sustainable chemistry in Belgium

Helping promising start-ups and rapidly growing companies to develop sustainable innovations for the chemistry of the future, on an industrial scale. This is the objective of BlueChem, the first incubator in Belgium dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable chemistry and the circular economy, such as the effective use of waste and by-products, process optimisation […]

Kaneka: a revolutionary packaging to counter the “plastic soup”

After more than two years of research, the Japanese chemical group Kaneka’s Belgian site has developed a completely new organic packaging material which can not only be recycled by composting but, of course, is also biodegradable. This innovation is the fruit of a marriage between their two main areas of expertise: fermentation and macromolecular technology. […]

Rewarding sustainable innovations: the essenscia Innovation Award

Successful innovations attract investments, create new jobs and thus contribute to the Belgian economy. The chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector is highly innovative and every other year, essenscia’s Innovation Award recognises ground-breaking developments by international companies as well as SMEs, spin-offs or renowned research centres. The award aims to highlight innovations that improve people’s […]

Mithra wins essenscia Innovation Award 2019 with new-generation contraceptive pill

Liège biopharmaceutical company Mithra has won the essenscia Innovation Award 2019. After ten years of research and development in Belgium, Mithra, a company specialising in women’s health, is on the verge of reinventing the contraceptive pill. Their new pill, Estelle, is the first contraceptive pill to be based on estetrol (E4), a natural hormone that […]