Professor Dieter Deforce and CESPE join hands

It is with great honour that we can announce professor Dieter Deforce as a new academic member of CESPE. His expertise in the fields of pharmaceutical biotechnology and (forensic) DNA-analysis are a crucial addition to the CESPE portfolio.

Dieter Deforce is a professor at the University of Ghent and is the head of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. From 2001 till 2016 he was also head of the forensic DNA‐analysis laboratory, which he founded at the University of Ghent, accredited and recognized by the Belgian government. He remains in the forensic field as dedicated DNA expert.

He is chair of the Belgian Medicines Committee, member of the Scientific Advise Working Party of the European Medicines Agency. He is also the director of the ProGenTomics platform of the University of Ghent, providing amongst others proteomics and mainly mass spectrometry based protein analytical tools to the research community. He is a partner in NXT‐GNT, a research consortium providing the research community next generation DNA‐sequencing. He is member of the board of directors of the VIB.

His research focuses on applying proteomics and genomics platforms (including Next Generation Sequencing) in the field of post translational protein modifications, stem cell development, prenatal genetic diagnosis, (auto‐)immunity and forensics and he is (co‐)author of over 350 scientific papers.


Dr. Bram Bekaert

Cespe Project Manager

Ghent University
Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering & Manufacturing
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Campus Heymans
Ottergemsesteenweg 460
B-9000 Gent, Belgium

+32 9 264 81 18

Bram Bekaert is Project Manager at the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering and Manufacturing (CESPE). He will focus on technical support for the CESPE Innovation Accelerator & Incubator, attracting additional funding for the further development of the CESPE Innovation Accelerator & Incubator, and coordinating grant reporting to the Department of Economy Science and Innovation (EWI). Additionally, he will have a supporting role in attracting industrial partners for commercialisation of the CESPE Incubator and maintaining relationships with internal and external policymakers.

After obtaining his Master in Drug Development, Bram Bekaert continued his pharmaceutical career as a PhD researcher at the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology. His PhD research, in collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium) and Fette Compacting Belgium, focused on improving process knowledge about continuous direct compression with a core focus on the feeding and blending unit. Additionally, he gained experience in material characterization, PAT implementation and hot melt granulation. Bram Bekaert obtained his PhD in 2021 and decided to remain at the faculty as a postdoctoral researcher where he continued his focus on continuous direct compression as part of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Engineering.