Belgium has been ranked the top country in Europe for coronavirus related innovation by an international report, and fourth in the world.
The COVID-19 Innovation Report, compiled by the UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange and business research centre StartupBlink, rated 32 countries. Globally, Belgium was behind only the US, Canada and Israel.
Start-ups in Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels and Leuven received praise for their response to the crisis.
The report stated that “these cities faced a major crisis, but still managed to excel and innovate. We have been particularly impressed by the success of Belgium, Switzerland, Estonia, Italy and Ireland, where local entrepreneurs mobilised in the face of the pandemic.”
Mentioned in the report was Andaman7 in Brussels, which developed a pandemic module in its healthcare app to help patients, hospitals and authorities to manage the crisis.
Ergotrics of Antwerp - which developed inflatable ventilation pillows for use in intensive care units - was also among the companies praised in the report.
CEO Inge Bruynooghe said that “the pandemic forced us to give priority to the certification of inflatable prone ventilation support.”