“VITO aims to have a major impact on these developments with its research, its knowledge of the necessary accompanying policy measures and its knowledge of the market and market introductions.”
VITO celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 at the international VITO Conference i-SUP2016. Both activities were well attended and garnered high praise from those present. This was also the case for the other outreach activities organised by VITO in 2016. Reactions can be read in this annual report.
VITO disposed of a total budget of €174 million in 2016, the largest budget to date. VITO also scored increasingly better in terms of the total number of patents filed in 2016. For the 2nd time in a row, VITO was ranked in the top 10 of “most patents filed” in Belgium. On 21 March, VITO opened a new subsid- iary in Doha, Qatar to introduce its research and expertise to the Middle East. VITO also achieved international successes in China with the valorisation of VITO research on biocompatible materials.