Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Imec's research is 3 to 10 years ahead of the industry. The institute forms a bridge between the fundamental research at universities and the technology development in the industry. Imec has a unique expertise in chip processing technology and system design, a strong IP portfolio, an ultramodern infrastructure, and an extensive network of partners. This makes imec a premier partner to develop the technology of the future for innovations in domains such as ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has additional R&D teams in The Netherlands (Holst Centre in Eindhoven), China, Taiwan, and India, and offices in Japan and the USA. Imec's staff of over 2,000 people include more than 600 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2012, imec's revenue (P&L) was 320 million euro.
KU Leuven is Belgium’s largest research university and one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1425. It is a comprehensive university with 14 faculties, with a long tradition of high-quality interdisciplinary research and teaching. The University of Leuven has over 33,500 students and over 17,000 staff members (8,600 in the various university departments and 8,700 at the university hospital). There is an annual research budget of over 250 million Euros.
VIB is an entrepreneurial non-profit research institute in the life sciences. An international mix of 1300 scientists and technicians conduct strategic basic research on the molecular mechanisms that control the functioning of the human body, plants, and microorganisms. The research is focused on generating landmark contributions in life sciences. Brain development and neuro-degeneration are major research themes of VIB. Through its technology transfer activities, VIB strives to convert the research results into products for the benefit of consumers and patients. VIB also develops and distributes a broad range of scientifically substantiated information about all aspects of biotechnology.