The Belgium-based JLINX incubator – a collaboration launched in March 2016 between Janssen Pharmaceutica NV and Bioqube Ventures – will become part of the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation network, transitioning into a JLABS, making this the first JLABS in Europe and the 10th JLABS in the world.
Called JLABS @ BE, the site will accommodate up to 30 life science startups focused on innovations across the entire healthcare spectrum, including biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and healthtech sectors.
JLABS @ BE will be located at the heart of the Beerse Janssen R&D Campus where Dr. Paul Janssen – one of the 20th century’s most innovative and productive pharmaceutical researchers – first established Janssen Pharmaceutica NV more than six decades ago, laying the foundation for the discovery and development of more than 80 new medicines during his lifetime.
“By creating a JLABS on the Beerse Janssen R&D Campus, we take another step towards our vision of a truly global, open innovation ecosystem. This unique model will support entrepreneurs in progressing their transformative science through access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, expertise and funding opportunities and all in the knowledge that their ideas can progress with no-strings attached,” said Melinda Richter, Global Head of JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation.
JLABS @ BE will provide resident entrepreneurs with a capital efficient and flexible platform, including an extensive global network, that will enable them to accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to consumers and patients both in Europe and around the world.