Life Sciences and Health

Utrecht Region is the centre of the Dutch healthcare industry with its excellent ecosystem for life sciences and health companies. The combination of top-ranked academic and applied sciences institutions, a wide range of locations including Utrecht Science Park and great support networks will help you put your company on the map both worldwide and in Europe. 

A few key facts about the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, more than 2,900 life sciences and healthcare companies, world-class research centres and leading academic establishments are located cose to each other. This high concentration of biopharma businesses and institutes, combined with a strong tradition of strategic partnerships between science, industry and government, makes the country the unrivalled R&D innovation hub in the European Union.

Utrecht Region: the heart of Dutch life sciences and healthcare

In the heart of the Netherlands, entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers work closely with university medical centres and top-clinical hospitals to create a healthy and sustainable living environment. This collaborative research ecosystem and its highly educated workforce make Utrecht Region an ideal base for R&D operations. The region’s central position, along with its excellent infrastructure, also means that it is the location of choice for marketing and sales purposes. 

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Utrecht Science Park

Utrecht Science Park brings together competencies in the fields of research, education, clinical care and entrepreneurship. This combined expertise is used to design and create healthier, safer and more sustainable cities for today and future generations. The park has two complementary locations, one in Utrecht and the other in Bilthoven. The focus at the main location in Utrecht is on research, education, clinical care and entrepreneurship. The satellite site in Bilthoven focuses on product development, product improvement and manufacturing, with an emphasis on vaccines.​ Learn more about the Utrecht Science Park. 

“Our location at Utrecht Science Park, in close proximity to our partners, supports our R&D activities in various ways. It also makes it easier for us to involve bright students and inject fresh ideas into our research programmes.”

Johan Garssen
Professor at Utrecht University and platform director at Danone Nutricia Research


The Netherlands and the European Union have various financial programmes in place to support research and development. These include fiscal incentives, co-financing instruments, public funds and private capital.

Our Team International is always happy to help identify R&D partners and incentives that will support accelerating the development of innovative businesses in the Netherlands.

Key investment opportunities

  • Personalised medicine and health care (cancer, brain, cardiovascular)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Stem cell and regenerative medicine (organoids, biofabrication)
  • One Health (human health, veterinary health and healthy environment)
  • Healthcare innovation (e-health, MedTech)
  • 3D bioprinting
  • Image-guided interventions
  • Future food and specialised nutrition

Key advantages of Utrecht Region

Contact us


Get in touch with our Life Sciences & Health sector specialist for customised support on how to join Utrecht Region’s LSH community.

Jan Zuidema
+31 (0)6 211 4552 3568

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