Top Sector Life Sciences & Health Activities in 2016

Top Sector LSH organised many activities in 2016 such as facilitating new public-private partnerships (PPP), supporting entrepreneurs, and international representation. The branding name Health~Holland has popped up in many places during the previous twelve months. This overview details the main accomplishments of Top Sector LSH in 2016.

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Startups & New Ventures:

Strategic Documents

Coalition with fellow Dutch Top Sectors

Expert Classes

In 2016, LS@W organised four inspiring Expert Classes in collaboration with its close partners, Loyens & Loeff, Science Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Agency and BioGeneration Ventures. Topics that were addressed included respectively legal aspects, communication, fiscal aspects and finance. Expert Classes are an excellent way for Venture Challenge participants, LS@W alumni, mentors and experts to exchange knowledge and experiences. LS@W will continue organising Expert Classes this year.


Value Centre

A new joint activity between LS@W and Medtech Partners is the Value Centre. In the Value Centre startups with growth ambitions can apply for a voucher of 10,000 euros to hire specialist advice to enable them to speed up their market introduction. All innovators that need help from a third party to further develop their product or business case apply for the voucher, with the exception of production-related questions. Eighteen entrepreneurs were successfully helped with a voucher in 2016.


Tide Microfluidics – Quirem Medical – Haermonics – Novuqare – Inzentiz – WOLK Company – Ultimate Stability – Infinite Trading Company – Preceyes – Mellon Medical – eNose Company – Inreda Diabetic – Usono – Toxys – Adjuvo Motion – Joco International – Prolira – Vacis

Gijs den Butter, Adjuvo Motion: "Thanks to the value voucher Adjuvo was able to perform a health technology assessment, which could show the health and financial benefits of using the Sense Glove in hand rehabilitation. Furthermore, the HTA helped the company to focus on one patient group and set requirements for the clinical testing phase.”

Rutger van Merkerk, Prolira: “With a value voucher Prolira was able to acquire the advice of consultants on the implementation strategy of our medical device and on health technology assessment. Both highly relevant aspects (from a user’s perspective and a buyer’s perspectives) for convincing our customers to buy and accept the DeltaScan, Prolira’s medical device for objective delirium detection.”

Successes of LS@W startups in 2016


  • MyLife Technologies secured new growth capital
  • Nightbalance gets a €12.5M investment
  • Toxys received growth capital to develop toxicological tests


  • Cristal Therapeutics announced strategic partnership with iTeos Therapeutics
  • Nutrileads announced collaboration with DSM Nutritional Products
  • EdgeLeap partners with €9M research programme to fight heart failure


  • Prolira makes early detection of delirium possible
  • Pluriomics receives €3.2M Horizon 2020 SME instruments grant
  • Nutrileads wins prestigious Eurostars Grant
  • MaMaLoc won Amsterdam Science & Innovation award 2016
  • Core Life Analytics B.V. launched online platform HC StratoMineR
  • Illumina bought LS@W startup TromboDx for €70M

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Project Page

The Health~Holland website has been enhanced with a new feature. From now on the new project page illustrates which projects have received funding from Top Sector LSH since the start of the Top Sector policy in 2013. The relevance and objectives of each project are briefly described and some of the latest innovations in (bio)pharma, medtech and healthcare are shown in the fields of prevention, care, or cure. Please take a look at the new project page and let us know what you think.

Joint innovation-activities