What does the research centre look like?  

SGS CPU has an independent, ultra-modern research centre in Edegem to conduct its research into tomorrow's medicines. This facility allows medicines to be examinated under optimal conditions and allows our pioneers to enjoy a homely, comfortable stay. 

Me time

There will certainly be time for you to relax during your stay at our research centre. Whether together with other participants, or rather spending some me time, that's completely up to you. The relaxation spaces have the following available: 

  • A wide range of board games 
  • Magazines and newspapers 
  • TV  
  • Pool table 
  • Funky lounge chairs 
  • … 

You can of course also bring your own supplies from home.
Will you watch a series on your tablet or become engrossed in an exciting book?  

The accommodation units

SGS CPU has 3 different accommodation units. Each of these units has its own specific characteristics, but all have stylish, comfortable decor to make any stay at the SGS CPU as pleasant as possible. A few statistics for you: 

  • Unit with 64 beds in rooms for 2 to 8 people. Communal bathroom with separate showers. Sociable dining and relaxation space with sunny patio. 
  • Unit with 30 beds in individual en-suite rooms. Modern dining and relaxation space with various skylights.  
  • Unit with 16 beds in individual en-suite rooms. Tastefully decorated dining and relaxation space with sunny patio.  

Other facilities: 

  • Other facilities: 

  • Automatically adjustable beds for extra comfort 
  • Personal lockers and plenty of space to store your personal effects 
  • WiFi throughout the building 
  • Meals included 

You need to bring your toiletries and towels. 


Have you come to register for a screening, stay or follow-up?
Our receptionists are here to help you. And they will validate your parking ticket for you. 

Screening and return

The ‘screening and return’ department on the ground floor is always a hub of pioneer activity. Short visits before, during or at the end of a study... study participants regularly visit us for follow-up. And when you open the door to this unit, you will immediately notice that you have entered a real research centre.  

When you visit for the screening, this is when you will first find out more about a specific study at SGS CPU. The doctor will see you in one of the consulting rooms to give you more information about the study, how it works and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you have. Only once everything is clear and you and the doctor have signed the consent form will you undergo a few medical tests done by the medical team further down the same corridor. Important: you can withdraw from the study at any time. Every study is always completely voluntary.  

There may also be follow-up tests scheduled in the ‘screening and return’ department during the study. You will always be told about these additional short visits at the start of the study. Lastly, every clinical study investigating a new medicine is concluded with a final examination on the ground floor. The medical team will repeat certain tests to show that your health was not negatively affected by your participation in the study.  


The tests done at our facility support the development process of new medicines. As the medicine is still in the investigation stage, it needs to be stored and prepared under the right conditions. All study medicines, from pills to injectables, are prepared in our pharmacy and dispensed personally to each study participant. We have a large team of experienced pharmacists. Our production room also meets the highest standards and is strictly monitored and validated to maintain the highest safety standards.  


Various samples are taken from pioneers at various stages during the study to get a thorough understanding of the study participant's condition. This includes blood and urine tests and tests of other bodily fluids. Our laboratories are equipped to prepare, handle and store these samples as required for the specific study. SGS CPU has one large central laboratory and various smaller laboratories spread around the units. There are of course also specialised storage facilities to store the samples under the appropriate conditions.