With the mission-driven top sector and innovation policy, the government has an explicit role in innovation and public-private partnerships. This also applies to the five missions that belong to the societal theme of Health & Care. To reinforce these missions, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (Health ~ Holland) organised a festive launch of the collaboration between public and private organisations in health and care on 31 October.
New Knowledge and Innovation Agenda
More than 120 representatives from health and care organisations met in the Bartholomeus Guesthouse in Utrecht on 31 October. The Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2020-2023 for Health & Care was presented during the event. This agenda describes the five missions, which have the aim of ensuring that by 2040 all inhabitants of the Netherlands will live in good health conditions, will live for five years longer, and that the health differences between the lowest and highest socioeconomic groups will have decreased by 30%. In this context, public-private partnerships must contribute to (I) a healthier lifestyle and living environment, (II) the shift from care to the living environment, (III) the participation of patients with chronic diseases, and (IV) increasing the quality of life for patients with dementia.
Carmen van Vilsteren, chair of Top Sector Life Sciences & Health: ‘We can only realise these missions if we join forces and if we continue to focus on the common goal.’
Launch Health & Care missions
In line with the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2020-2023, a corresponding Knowledge and Innovation Covenant 2020-2023 has been drawn up. In this covenant, companies, knowledge institutions, governments, industry associations. and civil and patient organisations confirm their intended commitment to the missions for the coming years. To reinforce the commitment and cooperation between all parties in a festive manner, the event ended with a "launch" of this "mission possible" according to Carmen van Vilsteren.
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer: ‘Until 2023, we have 4.9 billion euros per annum to tackle major societal challenges with smart technologies: Dutch solutions to international societal challenges. This is how we work on securing our jobs and income in the future.’
The Knowledge and Innovation Covenant 2020-2023 was signed by the chairs of the top sectors and the government ministers involved on 11 November. All societal themes are included in the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant - energy transition and sustainability; agriculture, water and food; health and care; and safety.
The Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) brings together the investments in innovation from more than 2,200 companies as well as knowledge institutions and government bodies. From the total of 4.9 billion euros allocated, 1.06 billion euros has been allocated to health and care, of which 525,800 million euros are from private funding and 534,801 million euros are from public funding. Read a review of the event here.
Are you curious about the missions for Health & Care? Read the new KIA 2020-2023 and let us know what you think.
View all societal themes of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant 2020-2023 here.
Watch here how the Russian dolls were transported to Utrecht and how they represented the five missions in the Health & Care theme.
Dianda Veldman (Patients Federation the Nederlands), Hans van Oers (Ministery of Health, Welfare and Sport), Michiel Sweers (Ministery of Economics Affairs and Climate Policy), Carmen van Vilsteren (Topsector Life Sciences & Health). Photo by: Nils van Houts.