Life Sciences in Belgium-Wallonia, a culture of technological, scientific and entrepreneurial excellence.

Wallonia is home to a vibrant and innovative life sciences ecosystem of global industrial leaders, SMEs and start-ups developing products or offering state-of-the-art technologies/products/services, 5 universities and several world-class research centres, dedicated science parks, supply chain experts & 2 CEIV Pharma airports.

4 strategic areas are covered :

  • (bio)pharma
  • medical devices & in vitro diagnostics
  • nuclear medicine
  • digital health

All areas represent unique value chain allowing to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative products throughout Europe and beyond.

For more information about the Belgium-Wallonia life sciences ecosystem, visit BioWin, the Health cluster of Wallonia.

The place to be for Life Sciences

Ludovic Waha - Senior Business Developer

Our region offers world-class talent, high investment and a robust, business-friendly environment to reliably trade and invest.


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Discover the strengths of Belgium and Wallonia in the life sciences sector

for Pharma R&D investment 1st in EU for Pharma R&D investment

per inhabitant (Belgium)

for clinical trials applications 2d in the World for clinical trials applications

and fastest clinical application procedure

to start a business 3 days to start a business

in Belgium

Key figures

  • 2nd worldwide in Biopharma Talent Development
  • Gross Added Value in Life Sciences 4x higher than surrounding EU countries
  • €16.2b invested in Wallonia by foreign companies between 2000-2020
  • Leading region for EXPORT of Biopharmaceuticals (+33% of total Walloon export)
  • 2 CEIV Pharma AIRPORTS
  • 20,000 hospital beds
  • 11,000 researchers
  • 6 private research centers
  • 12 world leaders
  • +250 innovating SMEs
  • 5 universities (including 400 research units)

Mehdy Oozer - Senior Industry Specialist

Wallonia is world-renowned for its expertise in biologics for vaccines and advanced medicinal therapies. This leading position is not a result of mere chance, but of conscious long-term political decisions and an entrepreneurial mindset. 


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Why Wallonia ?

  • Exemption of 85% of innovation-related net income
  • Exemption from payment of 80% from the withholding tax on professional income on researchers' salaries
  • Ruling Practice:  the Investor describes the facts to the tax administration, allowing him to know, in advance, how the tax laws are to be applied
  • Innovation Box:  effective tax rate below 10%, related to intangible assets for which an R&D declaration has been obtained
  • Lower social security contributions For the 1st recruitment :   exemption up to € 4000/quarter of the social security contributions of the Employer, for life

R&D support

Wallonia offers a series of incentives for R&D which aim to help companies reinforce their innovation potential, acquire external knowledge for a project's implementation, conduct a research project, carry out a development project, create a spin-out from technologies mastered by the company but not exploited, protect innovation or even prepare a European intervention application or acquire the Eureka label.



Incentives for R&D


More informations ? Contact our sector specialists !


Senior Life Sciences Specialist

T +32498562215

Ludovic WAHA

Life Sciences Business Developer

T +32478621594

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