The OPINNO platform aims to introduce the Biotech industry in the Life Sciences university/college education. This platform, coordinated by flanders.bio, uniquely unites all five universities in Flanders (UGent, UAntwerp, KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and UHasselt).


Aims & Mission 

Firstly our aim is to show students what it takes to work in a life sciences company; we want to trigger off some business awareness. In addition to that, we want to show students the diversity of job opportunities in our sector.



This is achieved by the organisation of OPINNO Modules & BioBizz cafés as well as by facilitating internships at life sciences companies.


  • OPINNO modules: guest lectures at the university

We invite speakers from the sector to inspire and inform students about life sciences business and entrepreneurship. Questions as What does it take to establish and run a company, and to work in a company are addressed. Topics as portfolio management and innovation strategy are also discussed.


  • BioBizz cafés: informal get-together with company representatives

We organize "speeddating" to bring students in close contact with life sciences entrepreneurs and managers.  We organize three cafés per year: in Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven.


  • Internships in life sciences companies

Available internships (offered by our members) are centralised at our website: https://www.flanders.bio/en/internships


Starting from academic year 2018-2019, Opinno will have 1 module + 1 café per participating university.


These modules & cafés will work around 5 specific domains that represent the needs within the Life Sciences sector:


1. Clinical Development
2. R&D
3. Manufacturing
4. Regulatory Affairs
5. Business Development


Founding partners

More info?

For any further information about this platform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Programme Manager

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Dajo Smet

Programme Manager

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