With the recent announcement of the mission-driven innovation policy, the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) has been appointed to coordinate the realisation of the new Knowledge & Innovation Agenda (KIA) and Contract (KIC) 2020-2023 concerning the global challenges of Health & Care. The Top Sector therefore organised a strategic conference on 16 May to start the dialogue with all stakeholders in the sector and collect input.
Missions to discuss
During the conference, more than 120 delegates started the dialogue on the newly formed missions on Health & Care. These include the central mission composed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport that describes a collective ambition to realise five extra years of good health for every Dutch citizen in 2040 and also to lower health inequality among people with different socioeconomic status by 30%. The four underlying topics that will collectively contribute to this central goal are: 1) healthier lifestyle and environment, 2) providing more care in the individual’s own environment, 3) increasing participation of individuals with a chronic disease, and 4) lowering the burden caused by dementia.
All hands on deck
Besides the missions, overarching subjects as valorisation, human capital and financing were discussed in small working groups. All collected input will be processed in the next version of the KIA. Carmen van Vilsteren, the new chair of the Top Sector, highlighted the added value of this meeting: 'It will be an all hands on deck strategy to realise this ambition.’
If you are interested in the missions composed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, then please see more information here.