Top Sector Life Sciences & Health






United Kingdom

Exploring Anglo Dutch connections

This increases the need for innovative healthcare solutions, which improve the access, quality and affordability of care. NHS is the largest purchaser of medical equipment and on advocate annually spends approximately £20 billion on products and services. The NHS operates by decentralised purchasing organisations and frameworks to be able to purchase healthcare resources at national- and local level. Cities like Manchester have self-providence of healthcare budgets via ‘Devolution Deals’. Elderly- and social care is not yet provided by the NHS, however private providers cater this demand. The market share of private hospitals is rapidly expanding in the last years, due to long waiting lists, bed blocking and limited options in home care. These and other developments offer more space and opportunities for foreign providers of healthcare solutions.

Therefore, from the 27nd until the 30th of March, the Task Force Health Care in cooperation with NBSO Manchester and the Dutch Embassy joined forces on a health mission to the United Kingdom (London, Birmingham, Manchester) for the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector. A group of ten healthcare organisations travelled to the United Kingdom to meet with the NHS and various other British healthcare organisations. Additionally, a visit to the NAIDEX the largest UK trade show dedicated to care, rehabilitation, lifestyle of people with a disability was arranged.

United States

A three-day visit to Kenya in search of partnerships & investments

A Dutch healthcare business delegation of about 20 companies visited Nairobi, Kenya from 18 to 21 April 2017, in search of partnerships and investment opportunities in the Kenyan health sector.

This three-day trade mission was meant to deepen knowledge and opportunities for Dutch companies in the Kenyan life sciences and health sector in line with the “Aid to Trade” agenda of the Dutch government. Based on a market study by the Embassy, the Netherlands has identified the health sector in Kenya as a promising market for partnerships and business opportunities. The economic relations between the two are strong; the Netherlands being the third largest export destination of Kenyan products. In the health sector, the relations between the two countries go back a long way.

Strengthened cooperation between public and private parties is crucial to achieve universal health care coverage and Sustainable Development Goals 3. The Dutch government is planning to support the Kenyan government by facilitating cooperation with the private sector regarding primary healthcare, in the framework of the SDG Platform set up by the UN in Kenya. According to the Euro Health Consumer Index, the Netherlands has the best healthcare system in Europe for the seventh year in a row.

The Kenyan healthcare sector is experiencing exiting times partly due to a growing middle class population, which has caused a hugely increased demand for quality accessible healthcare services. However, Kenya’s health sector faces enormous deficiencies in coverage and infrastructure. It is estimated that 32.5 million Kenyans lack any form of basic insurance and are treated in sub-standard facilities. The Dutch delegation consisted of health companies, ranging from, among others, expertise in hospital construction, medical devices, and health financing solutions to training & education.

For more information on the visit programme visit the TFHC website.

Visiting Arab Health

The success formula of the Netherlands in the Middle East

For the 6th time the Holland Pavilion was organised at Arab Health in Dubai. With ten participating Dutch companies the Holland Pavilion provided an excellent opportunity for international professionals to meet companies and experts from the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector.

This year in addition to the well-known Holland Pavilion, located in the main hall, the Task Force Health Care and the Dutch consulate general in Dubai jointly organised several activities at the annual trade fair on life sciences and healthcare innovation. These were a crowded networking reception for all Dutch healthcare professionals present and a seminar on Healthy Living which featured a variety of speakers to further promote healthy living and discuss how to combat child obesity. Among others the Director General of Curative Care of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Netherlands, Mr Bas van den Dungen and a delegation from the Dubai Ministry of Health shared knowledge and best practice cases on preventive and curative care for children with obesity.

Dutch presence at the China Medical Equipment Fair 2017

At the large and busy China Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF), the Holland Pavilion offered a unique and professional stand with excellent opportunities for the six Dutch exhibitors to showcase their products, services and receive international guests. This way the Netherlands was, once again, guaranteed to stand out from the crowd at this huge fair!

Almost 4,000 medical device manufacturers from over 24 countries, and about 120,000 visitors and buyers who are government procurement agencies, hospital buyers and dealers from over 100 countries and regions gathered for trading and exchanges. For this reason, the CMEF has become the largest professional procurement and trade platform of the medical industry, the best corporate image release ground as well as a professional information distributing centre and an academic and technical exchange platform.

Would you like to know more about this Holland Pavilion at the CMEF? Please contact the Task Force Health Care via

On a Digital Health mission in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the world’s best-known place for high-tech innovations and investments. Since there is also a strong link with health it can be said that the San Francisco Bay Area houses one of the most developed and dynamic digital health ecosystems. In order to get acquainted with the latest developments in the US digital health market and to explore opportunities for business and cooperation, a delegation of Dutch digital health companies and organisations visited San Francisco from 5 to 10 November. This mission was organised by Task Force Health Care and NextHealth with the support of InnovationQuarter, Amsterdam Trade and OostNL.

The programme included meetings with several hospitals, amongst others El Camino Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, as well as with Stanford, Kaiser Permanente and various digital health start-ups and VCs. On the last day a Dutch Digital Health Night was organised at the Consulate General of the Netherlands during which the delegation had the opportunity to introduce their smart solutions to the attending US (digital) healthcare stakeholders.

A roadshow in Colombia with the Dutch

The visit was organised to strengthen the relationships, to facilitate cooperation between both businesses and knowledge institutes, and to consolidate Dutch participation in the many opportunities that the strongly improving and developing Colombian healthcare sector present. Ten Dutch organisations had the opportunity to present their smart solution during Dutch-Colombian healthcare seminars with high-level Colombian guests. During field visits, the Dutch delegation was able to work towards projects or business opportunities and were brought in contact with relevant stakeholders / business partners from Bogotá, Calí, Medellín, and Bucaramanga. Additionally, the Colombian programmes to connect former rural conflict areas to good healthcare have proven to be a fruitful basis for Dutch-Colombian collaboration in rural health development. First steps have been made in the development of a pilot commissioned by the local government to introduce Dutch modular healthcare solutions in combination with ICT and capacity building in a northeastern region formerly occupied by FARC.

Guest country at the Hospitalar 2017

The country is experiencing major societal challenges such as a rapidly ageing society, an increase in chronic and lifestyle diseases, and an adaptation of the health system to secure a sustainable financial future. In the innovative state of São Paulo, there are high-quality private and public hospitals such as the Albert Einstein Hospital and Hospital das Clinicas (HC). Moreover 38% of all LSH companies are established in this region.

All in all, enough reasons for the Task Force Health Care (TFHC), in cooperation with the Dutch Consulate General in São Paulo, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry Education, Culture and Science, and the Ministry Economic Affairs to organise a trade mission to Brazil. From 15 to 20 May, a Dutch delegation consisting of 26 organisationswas present. This unique mission provided the Dutch multiple opportunities to come into contact with business partners and relevant care parties in Brazil. A large number of private and public (university) hospitals, care-related projects and government agencies were visited.

In addition, collective meetings were held with healthcare institutions, such as FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) and ABIMO (Brazilian Association for Medical Equipment, etc.). All these activities were scheduled around the largest healthcare event of Latin America; Hospitalar 2017. The Netherlands had the honour of being the official guest country and situate its grand Holland Pavilion between the major hospitals at the most prominent place of the trade fair.

For more information on healthcare related activities in Latin America click here.