Boston by the North Sea

The Netherlands has everything it takes to become the medicines hub of Europe. Such a position makes our country more prosperous, resilient and healthier. This ambition requires support from the new government.

On behalf of Minister Bas van 't Wout, David Pappie - Director of Top Sectors and Industrial Policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy - received our proposals on Wednesday.


Fourteen universities, 420 biopharmaceutical companies, 2,900 innovative R&D life science companies and the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency EMA. Combine this with a clear geographical area, a high level of knowledge and an excellent infrastructure - with Schiphol Airport and the Harbor of Rotterdam - and the Netherlands has everything it takes to become the Boston by the North Sea.

Our National hotspots for developing new medicines – including Leiden and Oss – are world-class. Let us not lose sight of the fact that biotechnology is the biggest driver of the 4th industrial revolution and is therefore crucial for the earning capacity and competitiveness of the Netherlands.

Learning from Boston

Worldwide, Boston is seen as the dominant region in biomedical research. Hundreds of universities, medicines companies, hospitals and start-ups are strengthening each other and create a research metropolis.

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With the COVID lessons still fresh in our memory, the start of a new reign is the best time to roll up our sleeves. Government, business and stakeholders getting started together!

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Source: VIG


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