IQVIA, QbD and Select enter into a strategic partnership with as of January 1st, 2019


The global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and contract research services, IQVIA, the global supplier in leveraging therapeutic and clinical development experts to healthcare companies to innovate with confidence, QbD and the specialist in human resources & recruitment, Select enter into a strategic partnership with as of January 1st, 2019. Through these partnerships, all partners underline their commitment of fostering innovation in life sciences in general and in Flanders in particular.

“At QbD, we believe in strong partnerships. That’s why we created PILS (Partners in Life Sciences), in which we join forces with 10 complementary partners. Our more strategic partnerships, such as those with ISPE and, are also really important to us. The one with helps us to evolve as a company and to show the market who we really are. I’m convinced that this helps us to be visible to the right biotech companies, start-ups, etc. I’m very excited that our strategic partnership with has become official!” Says Bart Van Acker, CEO, Quality by Design

“The innovative nature of Biotech makes it an ideal breeding ground for start-ups. Young professionals in Life Sciences don’t let anything hold them back from realizing their dreams. But to reach such a goal, it takes more than one genius. As start-ups grow, the search for new talent becomes inevitable and an area of HR-questions arises. Select supports these starting companies with advice and recruitment. Our partnership with is a logical next step in supporting Life Sciences with these HR questions. Making sure biotech and other technical industries grow not only in numbers but in humanity as well. Select puts people first, thus reinforcing an innovative industry while focusing on genuine people.” Adds Bart Gonnissen, CEO of Select

“We are extremely pleased with these new strategic partnerships. Over the past years, has moved from a pioneering role to a more content driven organisation and key player in the life sciences ecosystem. IQVIA, Select and QbD are each bringing diverse backgrounds and specific expertise into our organisation. This way, will be able to support her members even better in the different stages of their lifecycle from start-up to scale-up and beyond. Our strategic partnerships are therefore essential in the development of our long-term strategic vision to further strengthen the life sciences ecosystem in Flanders.” Explains Pascale Engelen, Co-General Manager of


IQVIA is a leading global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and contract research services focused on using data and science to help healthcare clients find better solutions for their patients. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA offers a broad range of solutions that harness advances in healthcare information, technology, analytics and human ingenuity to drive healthcare forward. IQVIA enables companies to rethink approaches to clinical development and commercialization, innovate with confidence as well as accelerate meaningful healthcare outcomes. IQVIA has approximately 55,000 employees in more than 100 countries, all committed to making the potential of human data science a reality. IQVIA’s approach to human data science is powered by the IQVIA CORE™, driving unique actionable insights at the intersection of big data, transformative technology and analytics with extensive domain expertise. To learn more, visit

About Quality by Design
Quality by Design (QbD) provides consultancy services for companies in various industries, such as life sciences (which includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices), cosmetics, health care and food. Quality by Design is uniquely positioned in de world of consultancy because it is not only active in the classic life sciences segments, but also in medical devices, personalised medicine, etc. Thanks to years of experience, QbD is able to help its clients implement and improve quality management and provide support in the optimal validation of products, processes and software. To this end, QbD employs more than 175 specialists in the fields of validation, technology transfer and quality control, and has offices in Belgium (HQ), the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico and Colombia. Clients vary from small innovative firms to international enterprises: Alcon, DSM, Genzyme, Janssen Pharmaceutica, MSD, Pfizer, UZA en Wase Werkplaats are just a few examples. For more information, visit

About Select
There is something unique about everyone. But we need time to understand this. Select takes time for quality. That’s not just some buzzword; it is anchored in our sincerity, our personalisation, and our expertise. As a comprehensive HR partner, we listen to our customers and provide personalised advice.

People come first in all of our services: from Recruitment & Selection to Executive Search and Outplacement Coaching. Candidates can contact us for more than just a job; our committed professionals take a personal approach, serving as true career coaches. Select also brainstorms with our customers and goes in search of the perfect match that extends beyond just the CV and job opening.

Thanks to an extensive network, Select can provide HR support to companies in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. We do this under various contract forms, from project sourcing to interim employment. Our Select Projects subsidiary specialises in project work within the Life Sciences, Industry, Rail and Marine, Off Shore, and IT sectors. A personal approach is the keynote of the various branches of our group.

About is a dynamic, member driven organisation with currently more than 350 members from Belgium and abroad. We help our members to create value by organising Networking and Training Activities, supporting Internationalisation, providing Services and building Expertise. and its members want to be the proud advocates of a reputable global-impact ecosystem in life sciences. is supported by a number of strategic partners: CMAST, Flanders Investment & Trade, Gimv, IQVIA, Janssen Pharmaceutica, KBC Securities, PwC, QbD, Select, VIB and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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