Dr. Kirezi Kanobana is scientific advisor at the Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen (vlaio) since 2012. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and has a mixed background in biotechnology, immunology and epidemiology of infectious diseases which she gained during her PhD at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), and during 8 years of post-doc at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (Belgium). She also worked for three years in the pharmaceutical industry (risk assessment and preclinical drug development). At the IWT, she is involved in the evaluation and facilitation of R&D projects in life sciences, with a special emphasis on veterinary sciences. From October 2014 on, she will also be representing vlaio in the EUROTRANSBIO network.