The Exascience Lab was created by  members from the pharmaceutical industry, the technology industry, and the research sector. You can find out more details about lab partners below, as well as other groups that we collaborate with. The press release for the founding of the lab can be seen here.

We are interested in having more partners, especially from the Life Sciences industry. If your company works in the sector and has computational challenges, then please get in touch!


Janssen Pharmaceutica

Janssen Pharmaceutica is part of the world’s largest healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson and enjoys an international reputation for pharmaceutical innovation and quality.

Janssen Pharmaceutica benefits significantly from the expertise of the prestigious global R&D company, Janssen Research & Development, a division of Janssen Pharmaceutica NV. They are committed to providing innovative, cost effective, knowledge-based products which improve health and the quality of life, through encouraging decentralized, entrepreneurial efforts and active partnerships with companies inside and outside the organization.


With innovating thinking and people-centered research, Intel leads the industry to deliver better experiences for patients and those who care for them – across the spectrum of care and the computing experience.  Intel technologies are enabling large-scale computing so you can manage big data and extract analytic insights that fuel discoveries, improve efficiencies, and help personalize care.  From data to discoveries.  Power your analytics with Intel technologies.


Research Institutions


Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of over 2,080 people includes more than 670 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2013, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 332 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at Stay up to date about what’s happening at imec with the monthly imec magazine, available for tablets and smartphones (as an app for iOS and Android), or via the website

KU Leuven

The research group SISTA is part of the department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at KU Leuven. The group is at the forefront of machine learning for computational biology, and has extensive expertise in core methodological development as well as big data management and visualization. It is a leading team on the topic of genomic data fusion for candidate gene prioritization and has developed computational solutions for arrayCGH analysis of rare genetic disorders.

The Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics section (NA&AM) of the Department of Computer Science at KULeuven focuses on the following themes in the lab: algorithms and tools for scalable high-performance parallel computing, large scale matrix algorithms (eigenvalue problems, model order reduction, linear system solvers, preconditioning, multigrid, …), high dimensional numerical integration, tensor algorithms, rational approximation, numerical optimization and control, multiscale and multiphysics simulations, and uncertainty quantification, with applications in science and engineering, in particular, civil and mechanical engineering, material sciences and the life sciences.

See also the entry on I-biostat below.

U Gent

The ‘bioinformatics’ research unit at the IBCN research group (UGent) focusses on the use of parallel computing methodologies for computationally intensive tasks. This has led to the development of a number of tools that can make use of distributed-memory (cluster) environments in the field of comparative genomics, systems biology, and next-generation sequence data. This lab is part of our research goal to bring expertise in high performance computing to the field of computational biology.

U Antwerpen

Biomina (biomedical informatics research center Antwerp) is a young interdisciplinary research center for biomedical informatics that was established by the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) and the University of Antwerp (UA) to address the growing needs in biological and clinical sciences for advanced data analysis techniques and to enable new interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. The core research activity of biomina is the development and application of computational techniques for integration and analysis of clinical and ‘omics’ data.

The group Applied Mathematics has been founded in its present form in 2006 and is led by Karel in’t Hout and Wim Vanroose. The research of the group is the development, analysis and application of numerical methods for multidimensional time-dependent partial differential equations (PDEs). This research has diverse application areas: financial mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.


The VUB/Software Languages Lab has a long tradition (over 25 years) in the field of object-oriented programming and has since then grown into an internationally acknowledged player in object and aspect technology. Over the last decade, the lab has gained extensive experience in concurrent, distributed and parallel computing. The lab has generated over 50 PhDs and a multitude of publications at high-quality international conferences and journals.

U Hasselt

The Interuniversity Institute of Biostatistics and statistical Bioinformatics (I-biostat), a joint initiative of Hasselt University (Entity: CenStat) and KU Leuven (Entity: L-BioStat) focuses on biostatistics, statistical methods in bioinformatics and genetics, methodology for epidemiology and public health, and mathematical statistics. Research lines include: clinical and preclinical studies, surrogate marker evaluation in clinical trials including PK/PD, risk assessment, mathematical and statistical methods for infectious diseases, longitudinal and otherwise hierarchical data, incomplete data, risk assessment, microbial risk assessment, food safety, reliability and time-to-event analysis, etc.

The Expertise Centre for Digital Media is a self-supporting research institute of Hasselt University and is located at the Science Park in Diepenbeek, Belgium. EDM is active since 1987 in information and communication technology (ICT).


Public Funding Bodies


The IWT is the Flemish government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. We help Flemish companies and research centres in realizing their research and development projects. We offer them financial funding, advice and a network of potential partners in Flanders and abroad. We also support the Flemish Government in its innovation policy.

Other Collaboration

As a whole the lab also collaborates with other institutions:


The Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC, Vlaams = Flemish) is a virtual supercomputer center. The VSC is managed by the Hercules Foundation in partnership with the 5 Flemish university associations: The KU Leuven association, the Ghent University Association, the Universitaire Associatie Brussel, the Antwerp University Association and the Associatie Universiteit-Hogescholen Limburg. The VSC is funded by the Flemish Government – Department of Economy, Science and Innovation through the Hercules Foundation.


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