The Latest Developments & Updates

Find more news on communication-related issues important for the Dutch LSH sector. Ranging from expansion of the Top Sector LSH and important publications.

Health~Holland adopts platform

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Minister Bruins: "Fund of 105 million euros for promising care"

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AMC and VUmc join forces as Amsterdam UMC

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Key stakeholders in the development of new antibiotics

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An overview of key stakeholders in new antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem and many parties are involved in tackling it. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has therefore produced an interactive infographic to provide a better overview of national and international stakeholders involved in the research and development of antibiotics and alternative treatments.

The infographic illustrates the national key players, such as the funding organisations ZonMw, NWO and the Top Sector LSH as equally large public-private partnerships such as the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) and the Netherlands Antibiotic Development Platform (NADP). Across our borders, European innovation programmes such as IMI and Horizon2020 accelerate AMR-related research lines. And globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) established a Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) in May 2016. The infographic on this topic provides politicians and decision-makers with a rapid overview of this R&I area.

Open the AMR infographic

Minister Bruins: "Fund of 105 million euros for promising care"

Making promising treatments, medical technology and medicines more readily available for the patient is the aim of a fund that Minister Bruno Bruins (Medical Care) presented on 22 May. The minister will make 105 million euros available for the fund. With this money developers of new care ideas can be helped to set up and carry out scientific research.

Health~Holland and join forces

At the start of July 2018, Top Sector LSH (Health~Holland) further expanded its portfolio: we have adopted the online platform originated several years ago from a collaboration between regional partners who were committed to accelerating Dutch innovation initiatives. Now with 700 innovations and over 3000 innovators online, has grown into a leading co-creation platform within the healthcare sector.

Connecting people and accelerating scaling up of innovations is an open platform and community. Everyone can share ideas and contribute to the development of other ideas. It therefore connects existing structures and innovation networks by stimulating knowledge-sharing and intensive collaboration with the aim of connecting and accelerating the scaling up of innovations.

Many healthcare institutions are looking for new ideas to innovate, either to support them in their daily work or because they want to improve their care. Conversely, entrepreneurs or startups are looking for partners. However, high-tech entrepreneurs with a great eHealth solution may lack the necessary contacts in healthcare. And vice versa: healthcare institutions want to bring technology partners into their network to support them to innovate. Financing is often a showstopper as well even though that does not have to be the case. ZorgInnovatie helps to bring this supply and demand together through an online platform and active matchmaking.

Annual challenges to strengthen the goal

Besides exposure through the website, ZorgInnovatie also has two annual challenges to accelerate upscaling. The Sustainable Healthcare Challenge for young professionals with an idea in the early stages of development and the Nationale Zorginnovatieprijs for the most innovative company in the scaling up phase. These are both aimed at companies that have already tested and launched their innovation, but can still use a boost to make their company a real success.

A powerful collaboration 

“Vital functioning citizens in a healthy economy” is what Health~Holland aims for. Health~Holland strengthens its mission with ZorgInnovatie. Where Health~Holland has the means and the (inter)national network to scale up innovations faster, provides access to an extensive innovation database and insight into national and regional developments within the healthcare sector. A win-win situation for both organisations. Health~Holland and Zorginnovatie are convinced that their collaboration offers many opportunities for the further development of the platform thereby increasing its value for patients, innovators, care institutions and other healthcare initiatives.


Following an intensive multi-year planning process, the two Amsterdam academic hospitals are working together as of this moment under a collective name: Amsterdam UMC. This enables both Amsterdam university medical centers to further develop their core business together: complex patient care, scientific research, and education & training. Amsterdam UMC kickstarts a gradual process of continuous integration. Initially, this will be most visible in two sectors: patient care and scientific research.


From a legal perspective, AMC and VUmc will remain separate entities. The university medical centers will retain their own employee agreements and supplier contracts. Each university medical center will retain its own Board of Directors.

Patient care 

The thinking behind the merger is that Amsterdam UMC will attain an even higher quality of patient care for present and future generations. This will be achieved by clustering specific patient groups in one of the two locations. This enables Amsterdam UMC to safeguard sustainable access to complex patient care.

Scientific research 

Amsterdam UMC is already home to eight integrated research institutes (visit By joining forces, these research institutes can organise their scientific research more efficiently and they can become a more attractive partner for large-scale, international and multi-year study all over the world. This is an interesting development for students and researchers, both within and outside the country.

Education & training 

The separate medical degree courses will co-exist as they are linked to Amsterdam’s two universities: the University of Amsterdam and the VU University of Amsterdam. The three-year bachelor programmes will remain totally separate. The master programmess for student interns – the junior doctor phase – will be adapted in the course of time; once medical specialisations are concentrated at one of the two locations, the intern programme in question for both degree courses will only be offered at that location.

Source: AMC