Life Sciences and Health
Utrecht Region is the health hub of the Dutch healthcare industry with its excellent ecosystem for life sciences and health companies. The combination of top-ranked academic institutions, a wide range of locations including Utrecht Science Park and great support networks will help you put your company on the map.
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 in close proximity 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 Europe.
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 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 warehousing and distribution activities.
Our website provides more information about the benefits of setting up your business in Utrecht Region.
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 for future generations.
Utrecht Science 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.
Online RAPID Health Program
Are you an international startup or scale-up? And are you looking for a place as a next step to enter the Dutch and European life Sciences & health market? With this online program, we actively support you in your business journey and give you access to investments, research and pilot programs.
“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.”
Professor at Utrecht University and platform director at Danone Nutricia Research
Key investment opportunities
- Personalised medicine and health care (cancer, brain, cardiovascular)
- Stem cell and regenerative medicine (organoids, biofabrication)
- One Health (human health, veterinary health and healthy environment)
- Healthcare innovation (e-health, MedTech)
- Image-guided interventions
- Future food and specialised nutrition
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.
We are always happy to help identify R&D partners and incentives that will support accelerating the development of innovative businesses in the Netherlands.
- Factsheet Improving health and quality of life (Utrecht Science Park)
- Factsheet Life sciences and healthcare (LSH)
- Factsheet Pharma & biotech
- Factsheet Medical technology & devices
- Factsheet Food & nutrition