News release

Life Sciences Real Estate: a growing asset class offering great investment opportunities

The cities of Ghent, Leuven, and Louvain-la-Neuve are the most sought after by international investors targeting Belgium

You can read the press release in Dutch & in French

May 14, 2024

Pierre-Paul Verelst

Head of Research Belux
+ 32 (0)2 550 25 04

Valina Sempot - VSMC srl

Head of Marketing & Communication, Research & Data Knowledge Belux
+32 (0)2 550 25 37

You can read the press release in Dutch & in French

Brussels, May 14, 2024 - JLL, one of the leading real estate companies in Belgium, conducted a study on the main life sciences clusters in our country. This study echoes another study conducted at the European level.

Let's summarize the key findings.

A key economic sector for Belgium

Thanks to a particularly favorable tax regime for Research & Development, the life sciences sector, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, is a significant player in the Belgian economy. According to the association Pharma.Be, the sector employs 43,501 direct jobs, a figure that has grown by 19% over the past five years. Another notable fact is that R&D represents 2.7% of Belgium's GDP, significantly higher than the European average of 2.2%.

In terms of sector financing, although the persistence of high-interest rates has slightly dampened private investors' appetite for risk, the Life Sciences cluster in Belgium benefits from financial support from public authorities. In Flanders, PMV and VIB are particularly active, while in Wallonia, Noshaq, SRIW, and the intermunicipal of Brabant Wallon in-BW provide financial support.

As we can see, research and life sciences are an essential component of our ecosystem, and this has several implications for real estate, which the study aims to clarify.[...]

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