TOPFIT

Concepts for a Healthy Life

TOPFIT has as mission to create two more healthy and active life years for citizens by speeding up translation of new knowledge in social, economic and scientific impact domains. Integrating state-of-the-art methods and innovative technologies with knowledge about life style, health care, prevention and nutrition, TOPFIT aims to reduce the regression of health to disease.

ONE step ahead of diseases, TWO more healthy life years, THREE domains connected: tech, health, food.

TOPFIT is an open innovation consortium that promotes acceleration of innovations in health & wellbeing with a focus on creating a high level innovation ecosystem in the Eastern region of the Netherlands, as a hub in national and international cooperation programmes under the banner of ‘Concepts for a Healthy Life’, the joint focus of the Provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland in their smart specialisation strategy.
TOPFIT deploys a programmatic approach, aiming at moonshots at a timescale of >10 years, organised in dynamic mission driven programmes that deliver impact for social innovation, health system innovation, economic growth and further scientific excellence, at a time scale of >5 years. Immediate results within 2 years are new coalitions of health, food and tech expertises that serve social impact and citizen science, new business development and scale ups, and challenging new combinations in scientific excellence.

Currently, experts from some 60 companies and more than 150 researchers and health professionals are detailing roadmaps for four mission driven programmes on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, movement disorders and renal diseases. More programmes are envisaged. Roadmaps comprise deliverables at the specified timescales including business and investment propositions, novel technology-enhanced procedures for early diagnosis, a broad range of smart tools to enable personalised health, hands on testing and training programmes for health & wellbeing professionals, and ethical, legal and social impact analysis methods that stimulate citizen science and citizen participation in policy formation and adoption of novel health services.
In these mission-driven programmes, TOPFIT closely cooperates with Health Valley and the Health Innovation Park (HIP) on valorisation, business cooperation, dissemination and branding, with the OnePlanet Centre on key technologies in health and food, and with the interdisciplinary consortium for clinical movement sciences & technology (ICMS).

TOPFIT welcomes partnership with citizen and patient initiatives, (preventive) healthcare providers, research organisations and companies.
Nico Verdonschot, member of steering group TOPFIT, scientific director TechMed Center University of Twente, and professor Orthopeadic Biomechanics at the Radboudumc.