About the Service Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB)

The Service Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB) is one of the services of Sciensano.sbb_train_0.jpg

Sciensano provides support for public health policy through scientific research, expert opinions and the work carried out by its departments. On the basis of scientific research, Sciensano formulates recommendations and solutions in respect of priorities for a proactive health policy at a Belgian, European and international level.

The SBB was created in 1995 and is composed of a multidisciplinary group of scientists performing scientific expertise and research focusing on biosafety-related matters. The SBB is committed to serve society by providing objective information on scientific issues related to biosafety. As part of a public scientific institute, the SBB holds an independent position with regard to expertise in biosafety, accessible to any public or private organisation including NGOs, consumer organisations, industry, universities, schools.

Discover our missions and activities, our publications and how to contact us​.​

Our staff consists of:

Didier BREYER
  • Head of unit a.i. since August 2016
  • Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Liège (ULg, Belgium) - 1989
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 1995
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the environmental release of GMOs and the placing on the market of GMOs and derived products
  • Secretariat of the Biosafety Advisory Council
  • Appointed since 2001 as Belgian Focal Point for the Biosafety Clearing-House of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Webmaster of the "Belgian Biosafety Server"
Aline BALDO
  • Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Liège (ULg, Belgium) - 2010
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2012
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogens and to clinical trials and gene therapy involving medicinal GMOs
Fanny COPPENS
  • Ph.D. in Sciences from the VUB (Belgium) - 2017, Master in Chemistry from the VUB (Belgium) - 2004
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB between 2007 and 2009 and since 2015
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the environmental release of GMOs and the placing on the market of GMOs and derived products
  • Secretariat of the Biosafety Advisory Council
  • Follow-up of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Webmaster of the "Belgian Biosafety Server"
Emilie DESCAMPS
  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Ghent (Belgium) - 2012
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2013
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogens
Adinda DE SCHRIJVER
  • Ph.D. in Applied Biological Sciences from the KULeuven - 1999
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2002
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the environmental release of GMOs and the placing on the market of GMOs and derived products
  • Secretariat of the Biosafety Advisory Council
  • Member of the OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology
  • Member of the EFSA GMO Panel
Chuong Dai DO THI
  • Master of Science in Biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) - 1987
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2003
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogens
Amaya LEUNDA
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) - 2001
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2004
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogens
Katia PAUWELS
  • Ph.D. in Applied Biological Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Belgium) - 2003
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2003
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the environmental release of GMOs and the placing on the market of GMOs and derived products, including GMO medicinal products
  • Secretariat of the Biosafety Advisory Council
  • Follow-up of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Member of the EFSA Scientific Network for Risk Assessment of GMOs
Marie SCIACQUA
  • ​​Secretariat SBB
Nicolas WILLEMARCK
  • ​Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Ghent (Belgium) - 2009
  • Working as a scientist at the SBB since 2011
  • Mainly involved in biosafety matters related to the contained use of GMOs and/or pathogens and to clinical trials and gene therapy involving medicinal GMOs