D-CRBN, InOpSys and BlueChem @ Kekulé Cycle XIX

This autumn, the University of Antwerp and the Royal Flemish Chemical Society (KVCV) are organising the nineteenth edition of the Kekulé cycle, with this year's topic being 'Sustainable Game Changers'. During this series of lectures, a number of authorities from the government, industry and academia will present their work and visions. In addition, some companies, incubators and startups will be guests.

The programme of each lecture will be as follows:

7 pm: Reception
7.30 pm: Introduction by session chairman + Kekulé lectures
9.30 pm: Closing speech + networking reception and connection with guest companies (incubators and startups)

On 26 October, BlueChem and D-CRBN will host the lecture "The green deal: answer to the climate challenge".

On 30 November, InOpSys will be a guest at the lecture "Water,... no longer a commodity".

Antwerp incubators The Beacon and Darwin will also join two lectures as guest companies.

Programmes, registrations and more info on the Kekulé cycle can be found on www.uantwerpen.be/en/events/kekule/.

Passed: Inspirational session: To VUCA or not? - 7 September @ 6.30 pm

Thank you for your interest in the workshop 'To VUCA or not' by Flanders Business School. This event has passed.

Passed - Summer Mix - 12 August @ 4 pm

On August 12 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, Conversation Starter is hosting the major online networking event Summer Mix. The event brings together decision makers from four different industries: circular economy, software, R&D and mobility.

Together with 22 other Belgian and Dutch organizations, BlueChem invites its startups, scaleups and connections to this unique event where partnerships are forged and inspiration is exchanged.

Register today for free at www.summermix.net.

BlueChem presents: Allegro

BlueChem presents: Arthrosis is a dormant disease of the joints that affects millions of people. Because the current treatment methods are expensive, risky and highly inefficient, Allegro creates a regenerative therapy for cartilage injuries. Using a 3D printer, the start-up develops nanomaterials that cause cells to grow back at the site of the trauma and the tissue to bind back to its original state.


BlueChem presents: PUXANO

BlueChem presents: Proteins are key elements in therapeutics, diagnostics and food processing. PUXANO uses innovative nano and biotechnology to streamline the full process of structural biology. Within BlueChem, the start-up does protien purification, protein characterization and protein structure determination, with the aim to contribute to more efficient and more sustainable developments and production processes.


BlueChem presents: D-CRBN

BlueChem presents: global warming is one of the toughest environmental challenges our society has ever faced. D-CRBN, a spin-off company of the University of Antwerp, knows that there's a need for change and therefore created a plasmareactor to split CO2-molecules. With the help of plasma, D-CRBN can split the CO2 and convert it into its original building blocks. Those building blocks can later be used to create value added products, such as bio fuels, polymers and chemicals, to achieve a circular economy.



BlueChem presents: A-Maze

BlueChem presents: finding the perfect match between candidates and clients. That's what recruitment agency A-Maze is all about. Whether a company focuses on energy transition or wants to facilitate a circular economy, the start-up looks for the right talent for the right job. With its existing network, the latest HR technology and BlueChem as its base camp, A-Maze can be the ideal matchmaker.



NextGen District

Triple Helix to be pilot plant at NextGen District in Antwerp port with Sure PUre

With its project Sure PUre, our tenant Triple Helix will be one of the first factories to get a place on NextGen District, the former General Motors site in the Antwerp port area. The Antwerp Port Authority announced this last week when launching the names of the first candidates to set up shop in NextGen District.

NextGen District is no less than 88 hectares in size and is intended to become a hotspot for pioneers in circular economy. The site will give "end-of-life products" a second or third life, explore circular carbon solutions and conduct experiments with renewable energy.

Triple Helix's Sure PUre project will plant a recycling plant at NextGen District for polyurethane foam and PET shells, which will be converted into polyols.

You can find more information about the first candidates of NextGen District here.
More information about Triple Helix can be found here.

Passed - Online event: Deloitte's Beers & Burgers - 9 June @ 5 pm

This event has already passed.

Deloitte, strategic partner of BlueChem, invites you to the virtual event 'Beers & Burgers for fast-growing companies' on Wednesday June 9 at 5 pm. You get the opportunity to network and to explore the confidence of start- and scale-ups, with stories of some movers and shakers.

During this online event, you will get more insights in how these unusual times are affecting entrepreneurs presenting Deloitte's findings of its latest survey.

Jelle Van Roosbroeck, CFOand founder of Kadonation will share insights into the successful gift supplier. Bram Van de velde, founder of Leadcamp, Jeroen Dille, founder of DEO, and Mathieu de Lophem, founder of Skipr, will discuss the ins and outs of being a start- and scale-up, providing useful tips. Dieter Blondeel and Isabelle Tennstedt from PMV will provide all the information you need about "Welvaartfonds".

For the full program and registration, click here.

Biotech company PUXANO moves into BlueChem

May is an interesting month for BlueChem this year. Not only do we celebrate our first birthday, we can also welcome our newest tenant. Meet nano-driven biotech company PUXANO, founded in the spring of 2021 and ready to start in BlueChem.


PUXANO is an expert consultancy that aims to accelerate protein research in all fields and industries by using a combination of nano- and bio technology. The team exists of Wouter, Sam, Marie-Aline and Thomas, four young structural biologists and nano technologists. They are driven to develop sustainable solutions for customers that are active within the field of drug development, enzymatic processing and diagnostics.

In their lab in BlueChem, the start-up focuses on all chemical and biochemical steps: quality control, purification, binding analysis and structure determination. In that way, proprietary technology can accelerate the development of new drugs and make production processes more efficient and sustainable.

In addition to their lab at Bluechem, PUXANO also works within core facilities for nanotechnology and electron microscopy at Ghent University and UAntwerpen.

Want to know more about PUXANO?