Scientific Awards to lab members

2020:  Award for Science Communication by the Academy of Sciences Belgium (KVAB), given to researchers with exceptional merit in science communication for Karen Peynshaert

2020: Appointed board member of the Royal Belgian Society of Microscopy for Kevin Braeckmans

2020: Prize of the Royal Belgian Academy for Medicine for research in pharmaceutical sciences, together with Dr. Dewitte, for joint research on “Design of messenger RNA lipid nanoparticles for cancer immunotherapy” for Rein Verbeke

2020: BiR&D (Belgian industrial Research and Development) Multidisciplinary PhD Thesis Award. For his thesis “Design of messenger RNA lipid nanoparticles for cancer immunotherapy” for Rein Verbeke

2020: Ocean Optics Young Investigator 2020 Award (2020 SPIE BiOS, United States), for the work ‘VNB-mediated endosomal escape triggers robust gene silencing in human cell lines’ for Juan Fraire

2019: Young investigator award (EVER conference, Nice, France) for the work on “Photoablation of human vitreous opacities by light-induced vapour nanobubbles” for Félix Sauvage

2019: Young investigator proof-of-concept award by Ghent Research Institute Ghent for the research project: Exploring the mucosal delivery route for Galsomes to induce lung-resident memory T cells for Rein Verbeke

2019: Short-listed as one of the 25 candidates to become New Scientist’s “Science Talent” (https://newscientist.nl/polls/new-scientist-wetenschapstalent-2019/) for Heleen Dewitte

2019: Elected as member of the Académie Nationale de Pharmacie de France for Stefaan De Smedt

2018: APGI Young Investigator Award 2018 (for Best Belgian PhD thesis in Drug Delivery) for Karen Peynshaert

2018: PhD prize AY 2016-2017 for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. For the dissertation "Intracellular delivery of biopharmaceuticals and contrast agents by VNB photoporation and sizing nanomaterials in bio-fluids by FRAP" for Ranhua Xiong

2018: APGI Young Investigator Award 2017. For his PhD thesis entitled "Intracellular delivery of biopharmaceuticals and contrast agents by VNB photoporation and sizing nanomaterials in bio-fluids by FRAP" on 21 March 2018. APGI Award for the most outstanding PhD thesis in Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology for Ranhua Xiong

2018: BIR&D (Belgian industrial Research and Development) Multidisciplinary PhD Thesis award. For the realisation of a Multidisciplinary PhD Thesis in the category Science & Technology with the title "Intracellular delivery of biopharmaceuticals and contrast agents by VNB photoporation and sizing nanomaterials in bio-fluids by FRAP" for Ranhua Xiong

2018: Selected as a member of the Flemish Young Academy (Jonge Academie) for Sciences and Arts. The young academy is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity meeting place for young excellent researchers and artists with a unique vision on science, society, art and policy for Heleen Dewitte

2018: Elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences (section medicine & life sciences) for Stefaan De Smedt

2018Highly Cited Researcher (interdisciplinary sciences) by Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) for Stefaan De Smedt

2017Distinguished Scientist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Appointed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as Distinguished Visiting Scientist fellowship under the CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) for 2017. Dr. De Smedt was hosted by the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC, Hefei) which is operated by the CAS. As a member of China’s C9 League (China’s ivory league), formed by nine top universities in China Mainland, USTC enjoys an excellent reputation. USTC is located in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province, and well known as one of the top 3 Science & Technology Cities in China for Stefaan De Smedt

2017: Belgian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) 2017 National Award for the PhD thesis “Design and evaluation of immunotherapeutic imaging for cancer vaccination”. Bi-annual award for Heleen Dewitte

2017: Royal Belgian Society for Microscopy (RBSM) PhD Thesis Award in the category of Life Science for Ranhua Xiong

2016: T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research Achievement Award of the CRS
Awarded to Dr. K. Raemdonck and S. De Smedt

2015: Award of 17.500 euro (2nd best prize) from Funds for Research in Ophthalmology for the research project: An in vitro and ex vivo study into the role of Müller cells in nanoparticle-based gene therapy after intravitreal injection for Karen Peynshaert

2015: ERC Consolidator Grant “Laser-induced vapor nanobubbles for intracellular delivery of nanomaterials and treatment of biofilm infections.” for Kevin Braeckmans

2015: Appointed as a Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine for Stefaan De Smedt

2014: Prize of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Belgium for scientific research in Pharmacy) for doctoral and postdoctoral research entitled: “Polysaccharide nanogels for local and systemic siRNA delivery” for Heleen Dewitte and Koen Raemdonck

2013: Winner of the “Therapeutic use of microbubbles” competition (18th European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) for Heleen Dewitte

2013: Elected as member of the newly founded ‘Young Academy of Flanders’ for Karen Peynshaert

2010APV Research Award 2010. For “Outstanding Research Achievements in Pharmaceutical Sciences” Bi-annual price awarded by APV for Katrien Remaut

2012: Sabato Institute 2012 Award in the field of Science and Technology of Materials (Best Thesis). Topic: "Design of Hybrid plasmonic nanostructures By Bio-conjugation: Morphological Characterization and Optics" for Juan Fraire

2011: Biennial National Prize of the Belgian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences  for doctoral dissertation entitled: “Biodegradable dextran nanogels as functional carriers for the intracellular delivery of small interfering RNA” for Koen Raemdonck

2011: Award for scientific research in pharmacy by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, period 2008 – 2011 for Katrien Remaut

2010APV Research Award 2010. For “Outstanding Research Achievements in Pharmaceutical Sciences” Bi-annual price awarded by APV for Stefaan De Smedt

2006Young Invesigators Award of the Controlled Release Society
For “Pioneering Research in Drug Delivery”
Annual price awarded for a researcher in drug delivery (younger than 40) from Europe, America or Asia for Stefaan De Smedt

2005: Kevin Braeckmans :  ‘Young Biotechnology Researchers Award 2005’ FBBF (Fonds de Biotechnologie –Biotechnologie Fonds.

1993-1995The Scott Blair Biorheology Award – for doctoral research

 “Physical and Pharmaceutical Research on Hyaluronic Acid” for Stefaan De Smedt