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The Netherlands

The Netherlands2017-06-13T11:36:40+00:00

A Dutch perspective on Life Sciences & Health

The Dutch are some of the happiest and healthiest people on earth. Why? Because we take care of each other. Because our country was built on cooperation. We are entrepreneurial, resourceful and highly educated. This has resulted in the best healthcare in Europe and an internationally leading Life Sciences & Health sector. The Netherlands is the most densely populated country in the European Union after Malta. The country is home to a vibrant, concentrated Life Science & Health cluster of more than 2200 healthcare companies and research organisations all within a 200 kilometre radius. The Netherlands is considered to be the most concentrated region in the world when it comes to creating economic and social value to healthcare. It all started in the 16th and 17th century, when the Dutch invented the microscope and pioneered in microbiology. Nowadays, The Netherlands faces challenges, but through innovation it is able to hold with increasing health care costs.

Top sector Life Sciences & Health

The Dutch Life Sciences & Health (LSH) sector is one of nine “top sectors” in the Netherlands. The top sectors are designated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and are selected on their ability to contribute substantially to global societal challenges.

The top sector LSH entails a broad scope of disciplines, from pharmaceuticals to medtech, from healthcare infrastructure to vaccination. In order to realise its mission – vital citizens in a healthy economy – the top sector builds on the strengths of the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector to address the biggest societal challenges in prevention, cure and care: improving the quality of life (vitality) while restraining the costs of healthcare.

Source: Health~Holland, the top sector’s communication channel.

Source: Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sports of the Netherlands