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You are a researcher, and you want to exploit the fruits of your research?

WBC is the partner of your ambitions. We provide our expertise in life sciences and key resources to boost your venture.

Incubator services for spin-offs

Provision of expertise

We have an established twofold knowledge of the Life Sciences sector and the creation of businesses. This experience, enriched by contributions from experts selected for their specialised skills, is made available to each supported project.

Provision of evaluations

Our involvement alongside the project initiators starts with a series of evaluations that feed into an information and advisory dossier that the incubator compiles in order to confirm and consolidate the project investment and value proposal for potential partners.

Provision of a network

We are closely connected to the large network of biotechnology industries both in Wallonia and internationally. The supported projects benefit from this network to develop partnerships and accelerate their commercial deployment.

Management assistance

We can arrange partially remunerated management appointments through a subsidy from Sowalfin to recruit experienced managers specialised in supporting incubated companies. We can also arrange management appointments before the creation of a company in order to support the first fund raising.

Financial assistance

We have our own financial resources, which are neither subsidies nor aid, in order to accelerate the process of setting up and industrialising incubated companies. The granting and repayment conditions of these amounts are defined on a case-by-case basis in order to provide a solution tailor-made to each project.

Long term support

In order to achieve our joint objective of success in a sector known for the length of its development cycles, we count on long term assistance and monitor the incubated companies over a period of six years. This also enables us to intervene on a number of occasions at key moments of a long project.

One of the spin-off projects helped by WBC

The incubator intervened at different times with different tools in order to support the growing operations of Artialis.

Artialis is a company active in the field of articular health. Created in 2010 as a spin-off from the University of Liège, Artialis rapidly developed a commercial activity and thus generated a turnover. Artialis thus saw the number of its customers increase and even created a spin-out from part of its R&D activities.

On the first occasion we helped Artialis set itself up by prefinancing the costs of fitting out the premises, equipment and the consultancy requirements so that the said premises could be certified according to the necessary standards for the service activity.

With its growing operations and a change of management at the top of Artialis, the need for state-of-the-art equipment was felt. Artialis thus came to WBC again in order to lease this equipment, enabling it to devote its funds to the development of new products and projects.

The third intervention of WBC was the appointment of a Chief Operating Officer in Artialis whose role was to initiate the organisation of the operational phase. WBC obtained a subsidy from the Region enabling the recruitment of this person.

We can thus say that WBC was there at the turning points in the growth of Artialis and was able to help the company with the development and growth of its turnover, by activating its range of support tools. This adapted and sustained assistance over time has enabled Artialis to approach the future with confidence and conviction.

 

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