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Ghent University offers high-quality, research-based education in all academic disciplines. The mission of open and democratic education is realized by the availability of social facilities and professional guidance concerning the study career. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines. Ghent University invests an annual amount of more than 175 million euro in research projects on behalf of public and private partners. UGent has expertise and publication record on APIs production processes optimization, environmental assessment in the health care sector and artificial intelligence in applied to pharmaceuticals production. The university has structures as modular High Throughput Platform, CESPE Innovation accelerator, computing processing infrastructure and datacentres.

GREEN-CHEM, is a global green chemistry network supported by Ghent University that brings together academic and industry experts from all over the world. The goal of the network is to (I) create new know-how by enhancing research collaboration between leading international experts from academia and industry, (II) improve knowledge sharing by training students and industry professionals in the principles of green chemistry and the circular economy, (III) enhance general awareness and public interest for important green chemistry issues as a service we owe to society.

The Synthesis, Bioresources and Bioorganic Chemistry (SynBioC) Research Group is a unit within the department of green chemistry and technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University. SynBioC is active in the broad field of organic synthesis with projects ranging from the synthesis of new bioactive compounds for applications in the Medicinal and the Agrochemical field, the isolation and study of Natural Products, the use and chemical modification of Renewable Resources, to the implementation of Green Chemistry, Microreactor Technology and Photo Chemistry. SynBioC focuses its research, educational and service activities on divers aspects of organic and bioorganic chemistry.The SynBioC research group is active in the application of microreactor technology for multicomponent reactions, reactions using dangerous reagents, fotochemical and low temperature reactions.

Sustainable Systems Engineering (STEN) is a unit within the department of green chemistry and technology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University. STEN is a research group with focus on researcheducational and service activities on environmental and sustainability issues. The focus of the research is on life cycle thinking and thermodynamics-based sustainability analysis, going from process level to overall industrial system level. The commonly used techniques are Exergy Analysis (EA), Exergetic Life Cycle Analysis (ELCA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA).

The Ghent University Laboratory for Environmental Toxicology (GhEnToxLab) is a unit within the department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University.
GhEnToxLab aims to advance the understanding of environmental and ecotoxicological problems and processes across all levels of biological organisation (from genomes and cells to populations and ecosystems). We ultimately aim to improve the ecological relevance of environmental risk assessment of chemicals and other natural and anthropogenic stressors and to support science-based environmental quality management and policy.

The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) is a unit within the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering (EA11), Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, of Ghent University. Chemical reaction engineering in general and, in particular, the kinetics of chemical reactions are major axes of the research. Optimization of existing industrial processes and development, intensification and scale-up of novel technologies aimed at minimizing waste streams and energy consumption are the major application domains of the research at the LCT. LCT aims at research excellence and bottom-up innovation in the framework of technological, industrial and societal challenges.

Role in the project

UGent is in charge of

  • The coordination of this project
  • The development of new approaches using artificial intelligence and comparing the different the approaches/tools/software packages to the experimental validation (WP1)
  • A scientifically robust ecotoxicology component to the benign by design concept for new pharmaceutical compounds (WP2)
  • Production of small molecules of concern via an integrated flow chemistry approach (WP3)
  • A holistic analysis of the value chain of pharmaceuticals and state-of-the-art methodologies, in particular from life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental risk assessment (ERA) (WP4)
  • Demonstrate how the project could support the transition towards greener pharmaceuticals (WP5)
  • Accelerate the project impacts by creating the project identity set and organizing external communication and dissemination policy (WP6)
  • Dedicated to day-to-day project management (WP7)
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