Team:KU Leuven/Sponsors



Secret garden

Congratulations! You've found our secret garden! Follow the instructions below and win a great prize at the World jamboree!

  • A video shows that two of our team members are having great fun at our favourite company. Do you know the name of the second member that appears in the video?
  • For one of our models we had to do very extensive computations. To prevent our own computers from overheating and to keep the temperature in our iGEM room at a normal level, we used a supercomputer. Which centre maintains this supercomputer? (Dutch abbreviation)
  • We organised a symposium with a debate, some seminars and 2 iGEM project presentations. An iGEM team came all the way from the Netherlands to present their project. What is the name of their city?

Now put all of these in this URL:, (loose the brackets and put everything in lowercase) and follow the very last instruction to get your special jamboree prize!

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Students & Advisors

They made the BanAphids.


A lot of thank yous!


Working with other teams.


You are here!

The KU Leuven 2013 iGEM team would like to thank all their generous sponsors. They gave us the chance to have an amazing summer!


The Leuven Centre for Bio-Science, Bio-Engineering and Bio-Technology (BioSCENTer) is one of the largest research centres of the Group Science, Engineering and Technology of KU Leuven. It emerged in 2008 when four different research clusters, bioinformatics and systems biology, virtual life, Biomolecular interaction (Biomint), and evolutionary biology (iCEB) decided to join their efforts. Its aim is to integrate the available expertise on fundamental and applied Life Sciences; to stimulate cross-disciplinary fertilisation; to boost excellence in research, teaching and training; to create an inspiring environment for innovative ideas on scientific and societal challenges; and to advise decision makers in policy and strategic initiatives.

KU Leuven

The KU Leuven is an independent university founded in 1425. It is a research-intensive university where both fundamental and applied sciences have their home. Over 300 study programmes are provided to more than 40.000 students . For iGEM both the group of Science, Engineering and Technology as the biomedical sciences group were willing to sponsor.

KU Leuven R&D

KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) was established in 1972 as one of the first technology transfer offices in Europe. Over the last 40 years, LRD has developed a tradition of collaborating with industry, securing and licensing intellectual property rights, and creating spin-off companies. LRD is dedicated to building bridges between science and industry, and to transferring knowledge and technologies to the marketplace.


Eurogentec was founded in 1985 as a spin-off from the University of Liège. Eurogentec is a leading worldwide provider of reliable and innovative products and services to scientists in Life Science Research, Molecular Diagnostic and Therapeutic development and commercialisation.


iMinds is an independent research institute, founded by the Flemish government in 2004, to stimulate innovation in the field of ICT.  The institute conducts both strategic and applied research, bringing together new technologies, societal challenges and questions from the business world in interdisciplinary research projects. iMinds Future Health Department  is located at the KU Leuven and focuses on innovative ICT solutions in healthcare. Its expertise comprises among others data analytics, bioinformatics, biomedical signal processing, advanced image computing, e-learing, serious gaming and user research.

Ko-Lo Instruments

Since 1994, Ko-Lo Instruments is a provider of reliable and qualitative laboratory materials. They offer pipette tips (including automatic), micro tubes, deepwell plates, aluminium cover foils, glass vials, tailor-made glassware (in corporation with the glassworks), ice buckets and so on.

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Sopachem Life Sciences brings innovation to the lab with high tech reagent kits and instruments. Our line of Molecular Biology products is selected to improve the scientists workflow by eliminating costly steps and saving time. Discover where innovation can advance your research and improve the quality of your results. Take the first step towards Better Science and go to


Globachem nv is a young, dynamic company, engaged in international agrochemical business.
We specialise in both generic agrochemicals (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, etc.) and new biological products, with useful applications in agriculture and horticulture.


Biobest NV is a leading authority in biological pollination and pest control. With more than 25 years of experience, Biobest is known to be a pioneer in this sector. Biobest produces and commercialises more than 30 kinds of beneficial insects and mites, which are used for biological crop protection. Biobest is especially known for its core business i.e. the production of bumblebees that are used worldwide for biological pollination.


Genzyme Belgium, a Sanofi company, is a loyal iGEM KU Leuven sponsor for which we are very grateful. They are a leading biotech company in the Benelux, engaged in the manufacturing of biotherapeutics such as monoclonal antibodies or enzymes for use in human enzyme replacement therapies.


Macherey-Nagel, originated in Germany, offer since 1911 superior DNA, RNA and protein extraction kits. Kits are based on state-of-the art silica and anion-exchange technology, as well as magnetic beads and filtration approaches. Filter Service distributes these extraction and clean-up kits exclusively in Belgium as well as a great number of other consumables.


Fablab Leuven is an open source hardware for everyone: students, the social economy and the broad public. Fablab Leuven compromises different user-friendly machines that can make almost everything out of wood and plastic. Fablab provides their services for free, as long as you share your knowledge with others through their website.


Gimv is a European investment company with over three decades of experience in private equity and venture capital. Gimv is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels. Gimv currently manages around 1.8 billion EUR (including third party funds) of investments in 75 portfolio companies, which jointly realise a turnover of more than EUR 6 billion and employ over 26,000 professionals. As a recognised market leader in selected investment platforms, Gimv identifies entrepreneurial and innovative companies with high-growth potential and supports them in their transformation into market leaders. Gimv’s four investment platforms are: Consumer 2020, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities. Each of these platforms works with a skilled and dedicated team across Gimv’s home markets of the Benelux, France and Germany and can count on an extended international network of experts.


Eppendorf is a sparkling company that is specialised in the development and manufacturing of high quality laboratory equipment and their distribution throughout the world. The Eppendorf products mainly focus on use at academic and commercial research institutes as well as industrial companies within Life Science and Biotechnology.
The laboratory equipment of New Brunswick, which stands for expertise and innovation, fits excellently within the product portfolio of Eppendorf.


Elscolab NV is an important partner in the Benelux for providing laboratory and industrial tools. In a rapidly evolving and demanding market, Elscolab NV aims for a continuous optimisation of their technically oriented customer service . They focus on four areas: Industrial Process Monitoring; Environmental Water Monitoring; Laboratory Equipment & Consumables; Colour, Appearance & Design Tools. From these different groups, Elscolab provides their customers with advice for the optimal solution for their company.


Founded in 2004, BIOKÉ is a young and dynamic company that specialises in life sciences applications. They provide innovative, high-performance applications for genomics, proteomics and molecular diagnostics. With their technologies and equipment, they help accelerate and improve your diagnostics and research activities by enabling reproducible results.


Since 1961, the SARSTEDT Group develops, manufactures and sells equipment and consumables in the field of medicine and science worldwide. Their modern and integrated quality management systems allows their products to conform to a very high quality standard.


ThromboGenics is dedicated to developing and commercialising new pharmacologic treatments that address important unmet clinical needs in ophthalmology and oncology. By achieving this goal ThromboGenics intends to assist clinicians around the world to continually improve treatment for patients with sight threatening ophthalmic disorders and cancer.


AgroSavfe is a new start-up from VIB, established in January 2013 to develop more sustainable crop protection products based on its proprietary  Agrobody™ platform. Agrobodies™ are derived from camelid antibodies and can be generated against virtually any target, to which they bind with high affinity and specificity. Agrobodies™ directed against crop produce, leaves, seeds, pests or particular structures thereof enable targeted delivery and retention of the active ingredient at or near its site of action. Thereby  Agrobodies™ allow to reduce dosage or application frequencies of crop protection products.


Since 1997, Valesta has been building bridges between medical organisations and passionate clinical research professionals. Valesta is a dedicated HR partner for pharmaceutical firms as well as CROs (Contract Research Organisations) and all other companies that organise, coordinate and carry out clinical research projects. Their dedicated Account Executives thoroughly understand the industries they serve and offer resourcing solutions in specialised areas.


Ablynx is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of Nanobodies®, a novel class of therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, for a range of serious human diseases, including inflammation, haematology, oncology and pulmonary disease. Today, the Company has approximately 25 programmes in the pipeline and six Nanobodies at the clinical development stage. Ablynx has on-going research collaborations and significant partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies including Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck Serono, Novartis and Merck & Co. The Company is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium.


Technopolis®, the Flemish Science Centre’s total exhibition area measures 6 791 m². It consists of a permanent exhibition inspired by broad themes such as air & wind, building blocks, action & reaction and space travel. Next to the permanent exhibition area, Technopolis has an area of 750 m² for annual themed exhibitions. From September 2013 onwards “High Tech Romans” is available to the public. In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions, we also have a general exhibition areas for specific target groups:
• Children’s Science Centre (900 m²) for children for kids aged 4 till 8.
• Xplora (900 m²), an area where kids aged 8 till 14 are encouraged to start experimenting by means of interactive exhibitions based on original professions that appeal to their imagination such as tiger dentist, candy maker or private investigator (recently opened)
• Inspirience (470 m²), an area where teenagers aged 14 till 18 are challenged to find creative solutions to open ended obstacles (recently opened).


ERASynBio is an ERA-NET from the seventh framework program for the development and coordination of Synthetic Biology in the European Research Area. The central idea of ERASynBio is to promote the robust development of Synthetic Biology by structuring and coordinating national efforts and investment. ERASynBio will develop a strategic research agenda / white paper, which will support the emergence of national Synthetic Biology programmes and which will lay the ground for transnational funding activities via joint calls in the project. ERASynBio will stimulate and tackle the interdisciplinary nature and immaturity by offering training and educational possibilities, establishing an interdisciplinary advisory board and inviting observers of other funding organisations. Tight collaboration between academia and industry aiming to fertilize the innovation process will occur on several levels. To adhere to ethical, legal and societal aspects as well as to technical issues like standardisation and infrastructure development ERASynBio will trace and integrate the ongoing work and research on these framework conditions and integrate them in the strategic research.


Since 1997, pcfruit npo is the co-ordinating organisation of the research and advisory services of fruit growing in Belgium.  It is a co-operation between the Royal Research Station of Gorsem and the two experimental gardens, Experimental Garden for Small Fruits Tongeren, and Experimental Garden for Pome and Stone Fruits Velm. They are now all centralised at one location in Sint-Truiden. pcfruit wants to give additional value to fruit growing by carrying out applied scientific research and experimental research, by collecting information, transferring information, and services, taking into account the social developments.

Thermo Scientific

The Thermo Scientific™ Molecular Biology product portfolio represents the most complete, state-of-the-art offering for molecular biology research, spanning RNA interference and gene expression products, PCR/qPCR reagents, consumables and instruments, modifying and restriction enzymes, DNA ladders, nucleic acid purification kits, and other molecular biology tools. Today, the people behind the expanding Thermo Scientific research portfolio remain committed to supporting your research and making it even easier for you to do great science.


Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company whose biochemical, organic chemical products, kits and services are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostics and high technology manufacturing. Sigma-Aldrich customers include more than 1.3 million scientists and technologists in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals and industry.


Eos is a Dutch magazine about science, published in Belgium and the Netherlands. It exists since 1983. Eos has five editions: Eos-magazine, Eos: Psyche&Brein, Eos: Scientific American, Eos: Memo and Eos Weekblad.

Copy De Raaf

De Raaf is a copy centre situated in Leuven. It’s known for it's quality, speed and extremely friendly service.

AB InBev

InBev Belgium is a part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is the leading global brewer. AB InBev manages a portfolio of well over 200 beer brands and holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market position in many of the world’s top beer markets.