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HollandBIO launches sector vision Life Sciences 2030
The Dutch life sciences sector sets ambitious goals: in 2030 the sector should undisputedly belong to the world’s leading life sciences clusters. The sector has what it takes to realise this ambition. As a result of extensive desk research, expert interviews and guidance by a committee of key opinion leaders, HollandBIO wrote a joint vision on how to reach the world’s top in 2030. Their future plan is simply called Life Sciences 2030.
The life sciences sector is rewarding like no other sector, for it turns scientific excellence, technological evolution and intellect into economic value and societal benefit. The people that the sector employs are impassioned, with an unparalleled drive to succeed. To cure people from diseases, to build a successful business or to prove that a technology works. The Dutch life sciences sector is doing well. In 2015, the sector was able to secure 4.4 billion euros in private investments. This translates to a whopping seventy-fold increase of the annual governmental funding. Life sciences is invaluable!
"The life sciences sector is a sector with a mission, full of passionate, ambitious and talented people. In 2030 the Netherlands is the undisputed place to be for life sciences."
During the Dutch Life Sciences SME Event Annemiek Verkamman, director of HollandBIO, handed Life Sciences 2030 to David Pappie, director of Top Sectors and Industry Policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
"The life sciences sector is very important for the Netherlands and I applaud that the sector wrote this future plan. The recommendations in this plan are the way forward," according to Pappie. Director of the Top Sector’s executive office, Nico van Meeteren adds:"A must-read for the whole sector." Stimulating the sector to reach the world top is consistent with the vision of the top sector approach, which is designed to enable the Netherlands to become a global leader in industry.
"There is still a lot of work to be done, but we have all the potential to succeed," says Verkamman. "The life sciences sector is a sector with a mission, full of passionate, ambitious and talented people. In 2030, it will be a no-brainer: the Netherlands is the undisputed place to be for life sciences."
The presentation of Life Sciences 2030 did not stay unnoticed. The FD newspaper wrote that private investments have tripled in the medical biotech (log-in required) and BNR News Radio invited Verkamman to explain her vision on national radio. In addition, HollandBIO presented their sector vision to members of the Dutch parliament.
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