ABN Cleanroom Technology enables ecosystem Health Campus through modular POD cleanrooms

Diepenbeek – Since 2010, the BioVille incubator at Health Campus Limburg DC has been an incubator for emerging companies in the life sciences sector, with a primary focus on healthcare, including BioTech, MedTech and Digital Health. The campus currently hosts more than 30 companies employing more than 200 people. An extensive ecosystem, for which ABN Cleanroom Technology will provide turnkey cleanroom solutions.

Katrien Achten (BioVille), Jo Nelissen (ABN Cleanroom Technology), Koen Dierckx (SimAbs) & Roeland Buckinx (Health Campus)

Affordable cleanroom technology through rental formula

Driven by BioVille’s popularity and significant growth in the life sciences sector, an expansion of the incubator became necessary. BioVille will open a third wing in January, containing space for additional laboratories and offices. However, the high technical requirements for cleanrooms are an additional challenge to maintain a flexible incubator environment. Recognising this challenge, Health Campus Limburg DC is showing flexibility by integrating turnkey cleanroom solutions, such as SteriCube, at the request of life sciences companies on their premises to meet the immediate demand for cleanrooms and laboratories.

Off-the-shelf cleanrooms such as SteriCube, a mobile cleanroom for outdoor applications, and ICONIC, the fastest-deliverable cleanroom for indoor applications, represent innovation and therefore integrate seamlessly into the progressive atmosphere of incubators. ABN Cleanroom Technology understands the importance of start-ups and scale-ups in the biopharma sector and positions these turnkey cleanroom solutions as accessible and affordable options. “Moreover, we market these cleanrooms in the form of a rental formula, a unique and attractive approach in the GMP market,” confirms Jo Nelissen, founder and co-CEO of ABN. “By renting out our turnkey cleanrooms, we are making cleanroom technology more affordable and accessible.”

SteriCube for simAbs

An interesting example is simAbs, a fast-growing biotech company located at BioVille that needs a validated GMP cleanroom environment. Koen Dierckx, CEO of simAbs explains: “This turnkey cleanroom solution allows us to grow faster than we had envisaged. ABN Cleanroom Technology quickly provided a solution by placing a SteriCube on available sites at the Health Campus, allowing simAbs to continue their trials flawlessly.” ABN Cleanroom Technology is thus positioning itself as a cleanroom supplier with a grow-as-you-go approach.

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Triple win situation

This collaboration creates a triple win situation: ABN Cleanroom Technology meets the demand for affordable and accessible cleanroom solutions, BioVille strengthens its position as an innovative healthcare incubator at Health Campus Limburg DC and companies like simAbs experience uninterrupted growth and development. 

The manager of the Health Campus in Diepenbeek, Roeland Buckinx, confirms the importance of a strong ecosystem: “The collaboration between simAbs and ABN Cleanroom Technology is an example of a great partnership in the Limburg ecosystem. Such strong partnerships are real drivers for the life sciences economy. We are happy that we were able to provide a short-term solution at the Health Campus so that SimAbs can take the next step in their growth. It is this rapid response to business needs that we really want to go for.”

ABN Cleanroom Technology is therefore proud to contribute to the realisation of the vision to position the Health Campus as the epicentre of innovation and digitisation in healthcare.

1. Off-site production, on-site assembling

Legolisation means standardisation. Standardisation causes a shift in production. Work is carried out in conditioned spaces such as factory halls. our cleanrooms are manufactured partly or entirely off-site, which means huge savings on transport costs and reduction of inconvenience on-site