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Life Sciences and Health in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam boasts more than 400 Life Sciences & Health companies and (healthcare) organisations. Did you know that we have a 10% market share of the Netherlands and are one of the leading Life Sciences & Health networks in the whole of the Netherlands?

In addition to this group of companies and organisations that primarily focus on Life Sciences & Health, there is also, of course, a very large network of ICT organisations, employment consultants and, for example, design agencies that help shape and develop this sector. The Life Sciences & Health sector is not only one of the largest employers in the city, but also one of the most important economic sectors for the Rotterdam region.

Strong sector in the Netherlands

The Rotterdam Life Sciences & Health network is part of a broader network. The Life Sciences & Health sector is one of the nine top sectors in the Netherlands. The term 'top sector' comes from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Netherlands is one of the world leaders in Life Sciences & Health. Life Sciences & Health earned the label of 'top sector' due to its high labour productivity, export and R&D investments. If the Netherlands wants to maintain a top position, it is vital to continue developing the sector.

Rotterdam has a strong position in the Dutch LS&H landscape. The Erasmus MC is one of the leading university medical centres in Europe. In addition to the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam's medical sector includes high-quality entrepreneurial and research facilities such as the Rotterdam Science Tower with the Life Science & Health Hub, the LabHotel and the Zorgboulevard. The presence of these facilities makes Rotterdam an attractive city for companies.

Rotterdam is also one of the entities within of the Medical Delta: a medical technicalological institute formed the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Erasmus MC, Leiden University, TU Delft and Leiden University Medical Centre. It promotes medical (science) innovation and over the years has been augmented by local authorities, science parks and about 150 companies. The Medical Delta is the largest cluster of life science companies in the Netherlands.