A world prepared to deliver personalised care to patients in a fast, lean and flexible way.

Our mission; to be the Centre of Excellence in Europe for end-to-end integrated pharmaceutical manufacturability of tomorrow’s medicines enabling sustainable innovation in drug substance and drug product production

Latest news

With @CespeUGent and partners, we develop a world leading innovation centre in #sustainable #biopharmaceutical #manufacturing in Flanders. Our rector @rvdwalle and CESPE director @thdebeer at #BEmissionUSA 👇
@essenscia @biobe_essenscia @AmChamBE @TechLaneCampusA @UGentTT https://twitter.com/rvdwalle/status/1535256737602748416

Rik Van de Walle @rvdwalle

This is who we are. We are among the absolute world leaders in a number of fields including biotech. Without hesitation I dare to claim that @UGent and its partners at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park are playing a key role in this success story. Excellence matters. #BEmissionUSA

Focus areas

The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering & Manufacturing (CESPE) is a multidisciplinary innovation accelerator focusing on the sustainable development, design and optimisation of drug substance and drug product production platforms.

Its core labs and offices are located at Ghent University, the Howest and HOGENT University Colleges of the Ghent University Association.

  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Through integration of expertise from a variety of research groups, CESPE aims at providing emerging production technologies to manufacture the medicines of the future in a sustainable and agile way.

Core focus areas within CESPE are value chain driven:

  • Chemical and biological process and production technology (drug substance)
  • Pharmaceutical process and production technology (drug product)

Crosscutting focus areas, enabling the integration of core areas:

  • Data sciences, modelling and control
  • Analytical technology and characterization
  • Sustainable systems engineering and design
  • Machineries, automation and factory logistics

Strategic activities


Connect and inform stakeholders through community building

Talent & Skills

Talent ready to tackle challenges within an industry in transition


Transformation toward the pharmaceutical industry of tomorrow through technology innovation


Plug & play GMP-like open innovation lab an testing facility