Economic Cluster Health & Life Sciences




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Our region includes the cities of LeidenRotterdam, The Hague and Delft and is home to the largest life sciences & health cluster in the Netherlands. In this cluster, big pharma multinationals, innovative SME’s and startups work closely together with government, universities and research institutes to become Europe’s largest R&D hub for drug development.
Learn about the hotspots in our region, each with its own unique profile.
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Medical Delta

Medicotechnological research of Zuid-Holland's three universities (Delft University of Technology, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam) has led to a Health & Life Science business cluster, one of the three largest of its kind in Europe.The Medical Delta, a cluster of life sciences and medical technology, centres on four themes:

  • applied molecular technology
  • medical imaging
  • treatment and care
  • vitality

The mission of the Medical Delta is to contribute to a healthy metropolitan society. It has a strong focus on cross-sector cooperation between the medical, technology and food sectors. The Medical Delta is home to various laboratories dedicated to developing and marketing new products, as well as to numerous service providers specialising in legal, administrative and patent support.

The province of Zuid-Holland has three business parks that maintain close contacts with universities:

  • The Leiden Bio Science Park focuses mainly on biomedical research and business activities. It contains the BioPartner Center Leiden, which offers flexible office and laboratory facilities for established businesses and start-ups. They conduct research, mainly into medicines and vaccines.
  • The Rotterdam Science Tower in Rotterdam comprises a mix of laboratory space, office space and medical research facilities. Here, the Erasmus MC Incubator offers advice, coaching, networking opportunities and funding to entrepreneurs.
  • TU Delft Science Park pursues innovation in the medical and industrial biotechnology sectors. Start-ups here receive support and guidance from the Yes!Delft incubator building.

Facts & Figures on Zuid-Holland's Health & Life Sciences Cluster

  • The medical cluster employs more than 18,000 people, distributed across over 400 life science firms.
  • Four of the seven Dutch listed biotech companies are based at the Bio Science Park Leiden.
  • The region has the largest number of biotech start-ups in the Netherlands.