PRESS RELEASE – Today, Belgian-based ONTOFORCE and Canadian-based Immune Biosolutions formalize their partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the signing ceremony at the Sommet international des sciences de la vie de Sherbrooke (SILS). Through the MoU, these two innovative young companies, active in the life sciences industry, will create leverage for each other, while making valuable research data available to a wider group of companies and research institutes.
Through the partnership, Immune Biosolutions gains access to DISQOVER – the data search platform developed by ONTOFORCE that builds uniquely intelligent links between data sources. By using DISQOVER, Immune Biosolutions – which is an antibody producer that extracts highly specific antibodies from chicken eggs – will have better insights into scientific publications, patents and related information. This will generate substantial time efficiencies in its research. In return, Immune Biosolutions will open up its antibody database to DISQOVER, making this data available to the worldwide ONTOFORCE customer community.
Hans Constandt, CEO and co-founder of ONTOFORCE: “With so much data available and more data pouring in every day, finding what you’re looking for has become increasingly difficult. Through our semantic search platform, we make any type of data searchable so that everybody can become a data scientist. By adding the antibody data from Immune Biosolutions to our DISQOVER platform, professionals in the life sciences industry will now be able to find more relevant insights faster.”
Frédéric Leduc, CEO of Immune Biosolutions: “Research is what drives our industry, and gaining access to ever more data is crucial. With DISQOVER, we not only gain access to more data, we are now also able to search this data in a much more user-friendly and effective manner. By opening up our own data to other researchers, we also hope that more patients will be helped better and faster. That is ultimately the goal of everyone active in our wonderful life sciences industry.”
Innovating without boundaries
The partnership between ONTOFORCE and Immune Biosolutions has been in the making since both innovative companies met in May 2015, at the Knowledge for Growth conference in Ghent. There were additional encounters at other conferences throughout the USA during the following months and these contacts resulted in the formalization of the partnership at Sherbrooke.
It’s no surprise that ONTOFORCE and Immune Biosolutions have found each other. Flanders, the Belgian region and home to ONTOFORCE, and Québec, the Canadian region and home to Immune Biosolutions, have been collaborating since 1989. The partnership between the regions of Québec and Flanders in the cultural, science, technology, economic, health and well-being sectors was strengthened through the signing of a concordat in 2002. In 2013, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO) [the Research Foundation – Flanders] signed a collaborative agreement to facilitate collaborations between researchers in Québec and Flanders in priority, inter-sectoral areas.
Mieke Pynnaert, Head of the Economic Mission of Flanders, Canada: “Great things happen when innovative companies work together. With so much talent in both the Flanders and Québec regions, we’re sure to see many more of these collaborations in this and other industries.”
ONTOFORCE is a Belgian-based company that creates and implements pioneering semantic search technology for information flow and management. Its user-friendly data search platform DISQOVER builds uniquely intelligent links between data sources, thus allowing everybody to become a data scientist. ONTOFORCE enjoys the support of well-reputed research institutes such as iMinds, UCSD (University of California, San Diego), MIT and Harvard Catalyst Group. www.ontoforce.com
About Immune Biosolutions
Immune Biosolutions is an antibody provider for the biomedical, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for academic research labs. Immune Biosolutions accelerates biomedical research and development by providing high quality, antibody-based, innovative products and services. Through the extraction of highly specific antibodies from chicken eggs, huge quantities of high-quality antibodies can be generated more effectively, faster and using a more humane approach. Based in Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada) within the faculty of medicine of the Université de Sherbrooke, Immune Biosolutions has ready access to state-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities. The company is an active member of this innovative community of academic research labs, research centers and tech start-ups. www.ibiosolutions.com
Sources: ONTOFORCE and Immune Bisolutions