The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering (CESPE) is a multidisciplinary pre-competitive research centre focusing on the development, design and optimisation of drug substance and drug product production platforms. Its core labs and office are located at Ghent University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and the Tech Lane Ghent Science Park. Through integration of expertise from a variety of research groups, CESPE aims at providing emerging production technologies to manufacturing the medicines of the future in a sustainable and agile way.


A world prepared to deliver personalised care to patients in a fast, lean and flexible way.


To become the world class multidisciplinary research centre in optimisation and sustainable design of emerging production technologies to manufacture the medicines of the future. In close collaboration with actors along the triple helix, CESPE aims at bringing newly discovered, complex drugs to patients through the integration of engineering and manufacturing sciences in the development process.