BioVox is a specialized life sciences news and communication platform keeping you up to date on the rapidly evolving life sciences sector in Belgium, and on global scientific and industry trends. BioVox brings exclusive news, in-depth interviews, opinions, and insights on healthcare, agriculture and the bio-based economy. This information is shared with a national and international audience of life sciences professionals, at no cost!

We bring our news to you online, in a monthly newsletter (>20.000 life sciences subscribers), through white papers and via social media (Twitter and LinkedIn). Publications are short and easy to read. Our science editors and native English copywriters safeguard quality and accuracy.

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We help companies and research institutes gain international exposure and connect with the right target audiences

tailor-made communication plan and dedicated content for your organization, will be distributed both locally and internationally via our partnership with BioCentury. We have an extensive database of national and international journalists, whom we inform via press releases and personal follow up. We will make your life easier by improving your communication and (inter)national visibility. Interested to work with BioVox? Please contact us at

Editorial office

Ann Van Gysel (AVG) is CEO of Turnstone communications, the company behind BioVox, and represents KVCV section biotechnology. She studied Biology at the universities of Antwerp and Ghent and obtained a PhD in Molecular Genetics. She also holds a degree in Marketing and Communication and is specialized in biotech communications. Passionate about science communication, she established the VIB communications department and initated many of VIB’s B2B and B2C communication activities. Ann became the Managing Director of FlandersBio in 2008. In 2011, she founded Turnstone Communications, a communications office specialized in life sciences. (LinkedIn)

Dorien Staljanssens (DS) graduated in 2009 as a MSc in Bioscience engineering at Ghent University with a specialization in food science and nutrition. She obtained a PhD in Bioscience engineering in 2013.  She investigated the cholecystokinin receptor as a target to treat obesity. The research was performed at Ghent University and Rockefeller University (New York, NY).  Next, she started in R&D at Oystershell laboratories. Since 2015, Dorien works as chief editor for BioVox. (LinkedIn)

Lenny Van Steenhuyse (LVS) graduated in 2015 as a MSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Ghent University, specializing in medical biotechnology. During his thesis at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) he investigated the potential of TNF-receptor 1 inhibitors as treatment for various inflammatory diseases. In 2017 he obtained a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from the KULeuven. Lenny joined the Turnstone Communications team in 2015 as an editor(LinkedIn)

Jef Van der Borght (JVdB) graduated in 2006 as an MSc in Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University with a specialization in (industrial) biotechnology. He obtained a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from the same University in 2012 for his work on the engineering of disaccharide phosphorylases for the production of new disaccharides. Since, he moved his focus to the creation of online platforms and digital tools to improve consumer’s health. Jeff works for Turnstone Communications since 2015 as editor(LinkedIn)

Freelance Writers

Emile Redant (ER) (LinkedIn)

Irina Lambertz (IL)  (LinkedIn)

Gosia Kluba (GK) (LinkedIn)

Caroline Pallard (CP) (LinkedIn)

Marketing and communications

Niels De Smet graduated in 2006 after studying Communications-PR, and Business Management. He started his professional career as a member of VIB’s communications team (Flanders Institute of Biotechnology) where he was engaged in a variety of internal and external communications projects and high-level international events. He joined the Turnstone Communications team in 2015 as communications manager. (LinkedIn)

Editorial Board

Amélie Moyaerts – Biowin (LinkedIn)

Henk Joos – FlandersBio (LinkedIn)

Frederik Wittock – Janssen Pharmaceutica (LinkedIn)

Jamila Louahed – GSK (LinkedIn)

Emile Pot – NLO (LinkedIn)

Paul Van Dun – KU Leuven (LinkedIn)

Esther Desmet – Ghent University (LinkedIn)

Christina Takke (LinkedIn) & Willem Broekaert (LinkedIn) – V-Bio Ventures

BioVox is an initiative from Turnstone Communications, KU Leuven, Ghent University, FlandersBio, BioWin, VIB, NLO, V-Bio Ventures, GSK and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

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