"Innovation is found where people, ideas
and technologies intersect."

Patrick Verheyen, Head J&J London Innovation Center

"We need to join forces if we want to solve
Alzheimer's Disease."

Bart De Strooper, Professor at VIB and KU Leuven, Co-director LIND


The Stellar initiative defines a granting scheme for sponsored research projects and scientific exchange activities in the area of neurodegenerative diseases and adjacencies.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage collaborative research between the academic partners with their centers of excellence in neuroscience covering all aspects of translational research (basic-, biomarker and clinical research) in the area of neurodegenerative diseases and the R&D groups of Janssen with its developmental capabilities and their research groups in neuroscience.

As such, these collaborations could generate breakthrough treatment and prevention options for these diseases and have a major impact on societal needs.

The synergy between academia and Janssen is believed to cover the different capabilities needed to address several of the productivity roadblocks actually present in pharma R&D.

Calls will be open for all academic partners and their research institutes of the Benelux that agreed to the conditions to participate.