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Top Sector Life Sciences & Health: for vital citizens in a healthy economy

The Dutch Life Sciences & Health (LSH) sector is one of ten “top sectors” in the Netherlands and part of the Dutch cabinet’s Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy. The top sectors are designated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and are selected on their ability to contribute substantially to global societal challenges. 

The Top Sector works together with public and private parties to support the societal theme Health & Care of the Dutch cabinet’s Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy. The coalition does this on the basis of the five Health & Care missions, formulated by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

The central mission is as follows: By 2040, all Dutch citizens will live at least five years longer in good health, while the health inequalities between the lowest and highest socioeconomic groups will have decreased by 30%. There are four underlying missions that contribute to this central mission through changes to lifestyle and living environment, offering more care in the right place and better perspectives for people with chronic diseases, lifelong disabilities and dementia. Furthermore, we support the economic opportunities within this societal theme.

Top Sector LSH entails a broad scope of disciplines, from pharmaceuticals to medtech, from healthcare infrastructure to vaccination. In order to realise its central mission, the Top Sector builds on the strengths of the Dutch LSH sector to address the biggest societal challenges in prevention, cure and care: improving the quality of life (vitality) while restraining the costs of healthcare. Top Sector LSH initiates and stimulates multidisciplinary public-private partnerships (PPPs) to valorise innovation. By attracting financial means, sharing best practices and the univocal Health~Holland sector communication, the Top Sector boosts a productive infrastructure.

Together with the KIC-partners, who have stated their practical and material involvement in the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant 2020-2023, the Top Sector will jointly face the challenge of realising the missions and making the transition possible. Do you want to be involved in the shift from traditional care to health, to participate and matter, and economic development? Join the growing coalition of public and private organisations and individuals!

 

missions

The missions

Central mission

By 2040, all Dutch citizens will live at least five years longer in good health, while the health inequalities between the lowest and highest socioeconomic groups will have decreased by 30%.

Mission I: Lifestyle and living environment

By 2040, the burden of disease resulting from an unhealthy lifestyle and living environment will have decreased by 30%.

Mission II: Care in the right place

By 2030, the extent of care will be organised and provided to people 50% more (or more often) than present in one's own living environment (instead of in healthcare institutions), together with the network around people.

Mission III: People with chronic diseases

By 2030, the proportion of people with a chronic disease or lifelong disability who can participate in society according to their wishes and capabilities will have increased by 25%.

Mission IV: People with dementia

By 2030, quality of life of people with dementia will have improved by 25%.