Expanding the success of the LSH sector beyond our borders

In the end of 2015 Top Sector LSH presented its new International Strategy. It all started with the organised Top on Healthcare and Export on 16 December 2015. The Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers: "In many areas the Netherlands is a world player in healthcare and the world has a serious need for smart Dutch healthcare solutions". 

‘In many areas the Netherlands is a world player in healthcare.

The question was not ‘whether’ but ‘how’ the Netherlands can bring its healthcare strengths and the hundreds of healthcare organisations (especially SMEs) within the Top Sector LSH across the border.

Following the Top: Healthcare and Export a ‘workgroup’ was put together to realise a thorough ‘International Strategy’ in which clear ambitions and concrete actions are stated. It contained representatives from the public sector (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) and the private sector (Task Force Health Care on behalf of the Dutch LSH Alliance). On 17 November 2015 the ‘International Strategy’ was officially presented to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, during her visit to the Health~Holland Pavillion at the Medica trade fair in Düsseldorf.

Besides healthcare missions, meetings, advisory services, publications, Holland Branding and incoming visits, the Health~Holland Pavillion at the Medica trade fair is an example of how the government can support SMEs and knowledge institutions from the medical sector in doing international business. The ‘International Strategy’ is primarily intended to provide even better support to a large group of healthcare organisations during the export process and in acquiring international innovation and research funding, as well as internationally promoting the Dutch healthcare sector and attracting foreign investments to the Netherlands.

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Len de Jong (CEO Enraf-Nonius), member of the Top Team:

"As board-member of the Top Sector LSH I am pleased to see that in 2015 the international activities of the Dutch Life Science & Health sector have increased considerably and that the sector has joined forces in such a way that smart solutions can be offered for existing international health-related problems.”