Forty Dutch companies, knowledge institutes, startups and scale-ups that focus on biotechnology will participate in the life sciences and health track of the mission.

Delegation members are looking to find new collaborations and partnerships in digital health and biotech to strengthen collaboration between Massachusetts and the Netherlands.

Massachusetts excels in life sciences and health because of its unique ecosystem, which includes excellent health and digital universities and research infrastructure; the presence of large, small companies and startups; great access to venture capital and financial resources for research and innovation; and government support.

The Netherlands has an active life sciences and health sector as well. It has an excellent healthcare system, and health and technical research and logistics infrastructure.

Surrounding university medical centers, science parks create the opportunity for new and innovation startups and companies. In many fields, through public-private partnerships with patient involvement, society’s healthcare challenges are being met. The climate for innovation and collaboration is in the veins of Dutch society.

One of the goals of the economic mission is to promote the Netherlands as an attractive partner in Massachusetts for cooperation in life sciences and health. Together, the Netherlands and Massachusetts are a natural fit in the fields of life sciences and health.

The life sciences and health track leader is Minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins. The track includes a public seminar, “The Promise of Innovation in Life Sciences and Health; visits to hospitals, innovation centers and labs; a seminar on outcome-based health care; a visit to the Philips research center, and a pending memorandum of understanding for further cooperation.

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