The CRIG Steering Committee consists of 8 elected CRIG group leaders from different faculties of Ghent University and representatives from Ghent University Hospital and VIB-UGent, ensuring the multidisciplinary character of CRIG.
The Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic plan to translate CRIG's mission into concrete action. Amongst others, the Steering Committee oversees CRIG memberships and promotes various CRIG initiatives through different task forces, involving symposia, workshops, education, communication with internal and external stakeholders, funding, networking and grant support. The Steering Committee directly supervises the Operational Committee and the CRIG Business Unit to monitor and streamline all CRIG related initiatives. As current chairman of CRIG, Prof. Olivier De Wever presides and externally represents the Steering Committee. Prof. De Wever is supported by vice-chairpersons Prof. Lieve Brochez (focus on clinical/translational cancer research) and Prof. Geert Berx (focus on fundamental cancer research).
Under the direct supervision of the CRIG Steering Committee and its Chairman, the Operational Committee is responsible for the daily management and the implementation of the strategic plan, such as the coordination and organization of CRIG events, follow up of cancer research activities and initiation of new projects within CRIG, as well as networking and communication with different stakeholders. Dr. Pieter Rondou leads the Operational Committee as CRIG coordinator. The Operational Committee further consists of project & communication manager dr. Eva De Smedt, and administrative assistant An Rose (and ad hoc members for specific CRIG initiatives). Dr. Joke Tommelein is the contact at the 'Health, innovation and research institute' of UZ Gent as advisor oncological clinical trials and translational cancer research.
Bringing medical innovations from the lab to the patient is at the heart of the CRIG initiative. Setting up strategic relations with industry and other partners is key to success. Experienced business development managers support CRIG researchers in setting up and managing collaborative innovation projects in the fields of biomarker discovery, drug delivery, clinical research, biobanking, big data, medical devices, imaging, chemical biology, cell & tissue therapy, and protein technologies. This team assists in IPRs management, business development, R&D partnering, licensing & venturing, and strategic research funding. The CRIG Business Unit operates in a multi-disciplinary and cross-organizational approach in close collaboration with the HoWest, the TTO offices of Ghent University, and the Health Innovation and Research Institute of UZ Gent (HIRUZ).
The committee also advises the CRIG Steering Committee concerning valorization strategies in the strategic plan.
Dr. Cristina Pintucci, project manager, acts as main contact person of the CRIG Business Unit.
- dr. Daisy Flamez – UGent, IOF consortium ‘Biomarked’, focus on biomarkers, diagnostics and omics
- dr. Dominic De Groote – UGent, IOF consortium ‘Discovere’, focus on drug discovery, development and manufacturing
- dr. An Van den Bulcke – UGent, IOF consortium ‘ChemTech for life science’, focus on biomaterial for life science applications
- dr. David Aubert – UGent, IOF consortium ‘MedTeg’, focus on medical device technologies
- dr. Koen Tyberghein – UGent, IOF consortium ‘Protein technologies’, focus on proteomics-based enabling technologies
- dr. Tim Desmet – UGent, IOF consortium ‘Cell & tissue therapy’, focus on living cells and tissue engineering-based therapies
- dr. Frederik Leys – UGent, IOF consortium ‘e-poly’, focus on polymer-based microsystems
- dr. Catherine Van Der Straeten – UZ Gent, head of HIRUZ (Health & Innovation Research Institute UZ Gent)
- Paco Hulpiau - Research coordinator for bioinformatics at HoWest (Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, university of applied sciences)
- dr. Bianka Kühne – Research coordinator at HoWest (Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, university of applied sciences)
For collaborations with VIB, the CRIG business unit is supported by the business and innovation center of the VIB-UGent (dr. Griet Verhaegen).
(banner photography credits: dr. Mieke Van Bockstal, CRIG member)