Life sciences and Health
Improving the quality of life is one of the top priorities of the Dutch government. Our embassy now has a dedicated project manager for Life Sciences & Health. To support businesses, connect investors and create a platform for innovation partnerships.
In 2019, the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport drew up a central mission to ensure by 2040 that all residents of the Netherlands enjoy a healthy life, live 5 years longer, and that health differences between the lowest and highest socio-economic groups are reduced by 30 percent.
The Netherlands and Sweden are both known for their scientific innovations. We also share the challenges of a rise in chronic conditions due to an ageing population and unhealthy lifestyles. Together, we work to find solutions to improve quality of life whilst keeping health care affordable.
We aim, for example, to enable people with a chronic disease or lifelong disability to participate in society. Or to improve the quality of life of people with dementia. We do this by developing products with a human centric design.
World JAIN challenge
In April 2022, this embassy hosted the World JAIN challenge, where over twenty companies from across the world presented their prototypes and products in a final pitch. This competition is organized by Dutch NGO Joint Artificial Intelligence Network (JAIN). Their mission is to solve the lack of affordable and user-friendly technology to help individuals with dementia and their families.
A few months earlier, the Netherlands Innovation Network Germany hosted a digital conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and dementia. Scientists presented their research and entrepreneurs their products. Emotion-sensing services, human-robot interaction, or decoding motor and speech signals from brain activity. Warm technology that can truly increase social connectedness, dignity and self-reliance.
The strong ties between the two countries in the field of life sciences and health, were underlined by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Lund University and Leiden University Medical Center, to collaborate further in the field of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP).