Golden sponsors

APTAR is a global solution provider of innovative drug delivery systems, components and services to pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare and biotech customers worldwide.

HARRO HOFLIGER is an experienced and high quality system partner from the lab stage to the stage involving the production and packaging line.

ING is an internationally organized, innovative and highly competitive provider of financial services

The Provincial Development Authority Antwerp (POM Antwerp) is one of the executives of the economic policy of the province of Antwerp. Its mission is to strengthen the economie in the province.

All inhabitants of the province of Antwerp experience visible, but also invisible services from the province of Antwerp on a daily basis. This happens mainly through the municipalities and cities in which all these people live, or the associations and the umbrella organizations that represent their interests.

VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today.

Academic sponsors

De Belgian Respiratory Society (BeRS) is een wetenschappelijke vereniging van artsen, verpleegkundigen, kinesitherapeuten en wetenschappelijke onderzoekers met interesse in het gebied van longziekten. De primaire doelstellingen van de BeRS zijn de respiratoire gezondheid bevorderen en de ademhalingsziekten te bestrijden in België.

UAntwerpen has several research lines in the respiratory field, including innovative projects around air quality, environmental health, biomarker discovery, and therapy development. This translates into multidisciplinary initiatives that combine expertise in engineering, social sciences, environmental economics, life sciences, design sciences and urban studies, such as the Curieuzeneuzen and AIRbezen projects. UAntwerpen also houses extensive expertise in the fields of probiotics and the development of pharmaceutical formulations to target the upper respiratory tract, combined with clinical expertise in the field of lung diseases.

The research activities of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics of the Free University of Brussels (ULB) are focused in the field of the development of advanced drug delivery systems for oral, parenteral, pulmonary, and nasal routes of administration. The research programme on lung drug delivery ranges from in vitro evaluation, through to evaluation of new excipients and/or devices, particle engineering and production using novel processes, and aerosol formulation, to lung deposition, local and systemic drug bioavailability, and clinical outcomes.


Aquilon is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of drugs & improving the treatment of pulmonary diseases using Value Added Medicine.

Chiesi – founded in 1935 – is a mid-size, family owned pharmaceutical company with an international presence. Our headquarters are located in Parma, Italy. A talented and enthusiastic team of 70 employees works at Diegem; the Belgian affiliate that was founded in 2010.
Respiratory is our company’s DNA. We aspire to be a point of reference for patients affected by chronic respiratory disorders. Beside that we also specialize in neonatal pathologies, rare diseases and other health conditions which are difficult to treat. Our patients are put in the forefront of everything we do. We commit to offer patients, and those who take care of them, innovative solutions in the management of their needs, even exploring new frontiers in treatment and care. Therefore, we invest continuously in Research & Development.


DFE Pharma is the global leader in excipient solutions. We develop, produce and market excipients for oral solid dose and dry powder inhalation formulations. Our customers are pharmaceutical companies, operating globally, regionally and locally.

FPS Food and Pharma Systems is a leading company in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical fields, developing, manufacturing and installing worldwide its own range of Fine Size Reduction machines and Containment Solutions (sterile and highly toxic API).

Genano air purifiers are an efficient way to reduce the health risks of airborne impurities – down to nanometer size.- such as microbes, ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. Our solutions can address even the most challenging air purification needs, ranging from battling against spread of infectious diseases in healthcare facilities to securing safe study environment to children in schools with severely compromised indoor air quality.

For more than 75 years, Kerry has earned its reputation as a successful world-class pharmaceutical supplier that demonstrates excellence in consistent, high-yielding, customer-specific solutions for the biotech, pharmaceutical, and nutrition markets. We bring together our superior products with new innovative solutions and market-driving alternatives such as pharmaceutical grade lactose excipients, film coating, self lubricating excipients, tabletting systems, and flavors to help our customers succeed in today’s challenging global marketplace. We have the worldwide resources and global technical platform to deliver consistent, high quality products backed by unparalleled service, technical support and formulation customization capabilities.

Micro-Sphere S.A. is a contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) with specialist expertise in the spray drying and capsule filling for the Respiratory field.

Oriento SA offers advisory in the life science market enabling companies to create successful business development approaches driven by innovative technologies.
Special areas of expertise are in small molecule processing, in particle-engineering technologies and in respiratory powders manufacturing.

P&L Projects offers strategic advice and management support, mainly to companies, active in the health care sector. Based on more than 30 years experience in building strategies, leading large groups and guiding focused teams, it is ready to help boost the performance of small and medium-sized companies. P&L Projects is specifically strong in all aspects related to Respiratory.

Pharmexon Consulting is able to see Regulatory Affairs with a 3¬dimensional view. What is unique about our consultancy is the fact that our Key Experts have worked for Health Agencies, Corporate Pharmaceuticals and have consulted in small to large service company. This unique vision means that the experts are able to assess the technical complexities, scientific challenges and regulatory landscape with full accountability to the end business requirements. One of the main challenges our experts have experienced is to make Business Development see eye to eye with Regulatory. The two elements are not mutually exclusive and all elements are considered as part of any strategy.

RAZ CONSULTING is a niche consulting company, advising organizations in the health care sector on challenges in the areas of strategy & management, process improvement (lean), project management and supply chain optimization.

SGS is the world’s leading testing, verification and certification company. They offer  decades of experience in the field of life sciences and, as a result, are often a preferred partner for the top 20 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

SOFTHALE is a Belgium based pharmaceutical company focused on the development of Soft Mist Inhalation (SMI) devices for the delivery of pharmaceutical drugs to the lungs. Softhale is currently designing and creating a propellant-free, purely mechanical device to be used for worldwide generic and non-generic pharmaceutical development and approval processes, offering innovative as well as cost-optimized device components.

TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL is a leader in designing and manufacturing the highest quality aerosol drug delivery and lung health devices for the management of respiratory conditions.

W4RESEARCH, a portuguese privately held company founded in 2014, is a scientific and marketing consultancy organisation working in the health domain. Our multidisciplinary team has a recognized expertise in health consulting, research and training, acquired through a vast experience in pharmaceutical industry and Contract Research Organisations, combining competences in health research, medicine, social sciences and marketing.

XEDEV is a Service Provider in Particle Engineering and Process Development, operating under “fee for service” principle. They make the difference by combining expertise in Process, Formulation, Analytical with Equipment Engineering.