Emerging technologies

Biotechnology Statistics - Belgium


Collection/compilation agency: The biotechnology survey is an initiative of the Office for Scientific Technical and Cultural Affairs (Federal Science Policy). The Limburgs Universitair Centrum (Center for Statistics, ITEO), the University of Liege (CRGB) and Vlerick Management school are responsible for the practical organisation of the survey (data collection and analyses).

Collection/compilation type:

  • Survey: Use and Development of Biotechnology, 2003
  • Semi structured interviews with managers and players on the financial side.


  • General company information
  • Use and development of biotechnology (7 broad categories)
  • What biotechnology expertise is the core technology?
  • Human resources in biotechnology
  • Innovative activities:
    - Development of products or processes? (7 broad categories)
    - Products of processes on the market?
    - Patents and licenses
  • Factors influencing the use and/or development of biotechnology (list of 17 factors)
  • Financial profile.

Scope: Biotechnology firms and research laboratories (public and universities).

Frequency: 2003 (2004 ongoing).

Periodicity: Annual.

Definition used: OECD definition of biotechnology. “Biotechnology refers to the application of R&D to living organisms as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services”.

As a means to evaluate the definition above a list with activities was provided. The activities that were applicable had to be crossed.

  • DNA - the coding
  • Proteins and Molecules - the functional blocks
  • Cell/tissue culture, Embryo manipulation
  • Process Biotechnologies
  • Sub-Cellular Organisms
  • Bioinformatics
  • Other

Classification used: See definition used.

Output: The final report is expected to be released in 2004.

Contact comments: N/A

Future plans (plans for new collections, strategies, experiences etc.): The planning of the biotechnology survey for 2004 is ongoing.

Contact details:

Federal Science policy:

Limburgs Universitair Centrum:


Vlerick Management School:

Survey attached in annex


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