Digitalization is a major challenge for the industry to address to remain competitive. The Belgian biotechnology sector is well aware of that. To continue to lead in the development and production of innovative goods and services, the industry must quickly align its tools, processes and workforce to new technology and attract new talent and expertise in the field. bio.be/essenscia, the Belgian federation of the biotechnology companies, has joined forces with Agoria, the Belgian federation of the technological industry, to address this challenge as a joint initiative.
Today, in Brussels, the “Biotech meets digital” event brought together 150 experts and bio.be/essencia and Agoria facilitated exchanges between actors from biotechnologies and 4.0 technologies – both worlds in which Belgium excels. Companies and specialist consultants from both sectors presented many concrete examples of digitalization, but the actors also came together around the theme of how to attract talent, so critical to the success of the digital transformation of the biotechnology industry.
Biotech companies in Belgium are internationally renowned for their ability to innovate, produce and export innovative goods and services in the fields of health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology. Digitalization of both their research and development tools and their production equipment, will allow them to optimize their innovation process and accelerate the marketing of products and services at optimal cost. However, the main challenge will be in finding the skilled talent required for the collection, management, analysis and relevant use of huge amounts of data from multiple sources, because many other sectors are also seeking those talents.
Frédéric Druck, Secretary General of bio.be/essenscia: “The Belgian biotechnology sector offers many job opportunities in companies at the forefront of innovation and development of solutions to address challenges facing our society today: health, climate, environment, sustainability. Together with Agoria, we want to develop a training offering that will allow not only those workers already within the sector, but also the new generation, to develop their skills in connected and digitized 4.0 companies.”
Dominique Demonté, Director at Agoria Wallonie: “Combining biotech and digital is no longer an option, it’s a necessity and represents a major opportunity. Obviously, linking our two sectors will provide our companies with a competitive advantage and bring new business opportunities. This will strengthen our leadership on the global stage. Of course, the main challenge will be skills!”
The ‘Biotech meets digital’ seminar is jointly organized by bio.be/essenscia and Agoria, supported by Takeda, Osborne Clarke and Altran.