Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands’ health care related economy. A health hub accomodating the Netherlands’ largest concentration of hospitals, clinics, knowledge institutes, life science companies, medical suppliers and policy makers in health. That is why health and well-being is the second-largest economic sector in Utrecht. With 37,000 jobs, this sector constitutes 15% of total employment.
Here, alliances of employees, knowledge institutes, branch organisations and companies focusing on (medical) health care and life sciences find each other in the development of new products, services and smart technology applications. Resulting in a shining example of collaboration, innovation and economic development.
University Medical Center Utrecht and large life science companies, such as Bioceros, Genmab, Merus and Nutricia Research, work on innovations that improve health and quality of life. They conduct leading research related to regenerative medicine and 3D bioprinting, stem cells and organoids, immune therapies, cancer research and cures, premature babies and medical nutrition, serious and applied gaming and smart, sustainable cities.
“Utrecht is increasingly developing into ‘health valley’. It offers a productive base for collaboration, research and innovation. Also in the areas in which the St. Antonius Hospital is specialized. This is good news for patient care.”
-Douwe Biesma, CEO St. Antonius Hospital Utrecht
“Deutsche Windtechnik is Europe’s largest independent maintenance company for wind turbines. Utrecht was a logical starting point for the European expansion of Deutsche Windtechnik: centrally located and excellent accessibility for customers and employees.”
– Geert Timmer, Managing Director Deutsche Windtechnik
“We have deliberately chosen to stay in Utrecht. The central location and accessibility, both by car and public transport, make the city the best place to have our headquarters.”
-Emlyn van der Wal, Chief Operating Officer at ABN AMRO Lease
“Utrecht is also one of the largest student cities in the Netherlands, with many students from home and abroad. The city is not only commercially appealing, it is also rich in history and culture, such as the Dom Tower and the Central Museum.”
-Rien Braakman, General Manager and lawyer at Nexa Velo Advocaten