Our story

Spectralys originates from an academic laboratory of Université libre de Bruxelles. At the laboratory of Structure and Function of Biological membrane (SFMB), infrared spectroscopy have been used for 25 years to analyse the structure and orientation of membrane protein embedded in lipid bilayer, to characterize lipid properties or to study amyloid proteins. In addition, a large number of investigations were carried out using FTIR imaging for pharmaceutical development and diagnosis purpose.

In 2013, we received a public grant in order to develop services for industrials based on our expertise in FTIR spectroscopy. A wide range of collaborations with (bio)pharmaceutical companies have been established. As a result, Spectralys Biotech is founded in October 2018. We maintain close relationship with university to provide cutting-edge services. In 2019, 32 projects were carried out with 16 different companies (including Big Pharma, CMO’s, and biotech) from countries located in Europe, Turkey and the United States.

Our team

We are Spectralys Biotech

Thanks to our strong academic background and our team of highly skilled scientists, we provide cutting edge services to remove the risks related to the development and manufacturing process of (bio)pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines. 

Allison Derenne

General manager
photo Derenne Allison

Erik Goormaghtigh

Principal Scientific Advisor
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Vincent Van Hemelryck

Expert Scientist
photo Vincent Van Hemelryck


Our equipment

We have access to five state-of-the-art FTIR spectrometers, a high-throughput measurement system, a large variety of accessories (several ATR sample holder, temperature controlled cells, transmission cells polarizer) and two imaging systems in a dedicated laboratory.

For specific request, we have also access to circular dichroism and fluorescence spectrometer.

High-troughput system
FTIR imaging system



At Spectralys, quality is key and is one of our main focus. Our current practices are described in SOPs. Data integrity and traceability is a fundamental priority and is also detailed in a SOP available upon request. Briefly, raw data are stored in an organized manner on protected systems where only authorized users can access the data.

The computer and the recording software have a specific login and password. Raw data traceability is also secured by the notebook Lab. As back-up, the data are stored encrypted in a system off-site and back-ups are created every twenty-four hours.

What they say about us


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Spectralys has been a valuable partner to our organization. Their structural analysis of our product has provided crucial information for both our clinical and preclinical formulation development programs.

Anders Sandberg | Sweden - Alzinova

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Your report is really great! Very good explanation of the complicated methods and nice statistical approaches for showing the comparability. Really good reporting

Benjamin Müller | Germany - Biofidus

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CuraVac has found Spectralys Biotech’s services to be of great added value for the in-depth characterisation of its immunotherapy products.  The Spectralys team’s thorough expertise came along with a great care for timelines and budgets.

Nicolas Havelange | Belgium - CuraVac

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We received from Spectralys in-depth structural analyses with detailed explanation for non-expert scientists. The data adequately supported the comparability assessment conducted for our immunotoxin. It was comprehensive and very informative for the further development of our product.

Maarten Frijlink | Netherlands - Xenikos