The Netherlands with record growth in patents granted by the European Patent Office

- Patents granted to Dutch companies by the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 39.8% in 2016 over the previous year to 2 784, a new record number and the strongest growth in 10 years (Fig.: Growth of Dutch patents granted at the EPO). In terms of numbers of patent applications filed with the EPO (i.e. dossiers which are submitted by an inventor or business to be examined by the EPO for compliance with the legal criteria) the Netherlands was no. 4 in Europe and No. 7 worldwide last year, despite a drop in Dutch patent applications of 3.6% compared to 2015.

NADP takes the next step towards new antibiotics and alternatives

- Within the Netherlands Antibiotic Development Platform (NADP), knowledge institutions and the business community will work together to develop new antibiotics and alternatives. The core mission of NADP is to bring companies and research groups together to accelerate research into the development of new antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics.

New Health~Holland tools available for international LSH representation

- To obtain a strong international representation of our LSH sector and the smart solutions we bring, Health~Holland communication tools are realised that companies, knowledge institutes and the Dutch government can use abroad. Recently some new tools has been added to the Health~Holland branding including a motion graphic, infographic, presentation template, factsheet and contentsheet on eHealth.

Polyganics’ study interim data shows pain reduction

- Polyganics, a privately held medical technology company, announced that interim results show a sharp improvement in pain reduction observed across patients currently enrolled within the “STOP NEUROMA” study.

Venture Challenge Spring 2017: Reminder to participate!

- This LifeSciences@Work programme focuses on developing your initial idea into a solid business case during an entrepreneurial programme with boot camps, 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring. Entrepreneurial scientists learn to identify key risks, analyze customer value propositions, develop a validation strategy, learn to build a venture plan and ultimately learn how to get connected.

22 projects for Translational Research call

- Jointly ten health foundations, ZonMw, and Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) have granted 22 projects within the Translational Research call. The involved organisations joined forces on participation of patients and industry in research & development.

Paul Janssen Futurelab Leiden launches innovative training programme

- On January 30th 2017 Paul Janssen Futurelab Leiden officially launched the first module of its brand new learning programme. Futurelab is an international training programme providing blended learning (online and on-campus) to biomedical professionals with an entrepreneurial spirit.

eHealth Week 2017 Aftermovie

- Tijdens de e-healthweek konden mensen zelf de mogelijkheden van e-health ervaren. Minister Schippers en staatssecretaris Van Rijn trokken door Nederland om activiteiten te bezoeken. Herbeleef de e-healthweek met de videocompilatie!

Emmo Meijer new ambassador of Top Sector Chemistry

- Emmo Meijer is per 1 april 2017 het nieuwe boegbeeld van de Topsector Chemie. Met deze benoeming door minister Kamp van Economische Zaken volgt hij Gerard van Harten op, die deze positie vanaf 1 september 2012 bekleedde.

CEPI calls out for proposals on vaccine development

- CEPI is a new alliance between governments, industry, academia, philanthropy, intergovernmental institutions, such as the World Health Organization, and civil society. And is now pleased to announce its first funding opportunity for the development of vaccines against epidemic infectious diseases.