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The Netherlands is home to a wide range of highly innovative life sciences and health companies and research organizations.

Top-of-the-bill research institutes -among which are 12 research universities and 82 hospitals- and a number of public-private partnerships between science, industry and government yearly invest some €2 billion in R&D. The Netherlands is the 2nd country in Europe for export and import of medical devices and holds the 8th position worldwide when it comes to patent applications in the field of life sciences and health.

Renown brands like GE, Medtronic, Siemens, Abbott, Philips, Johnson & Johnson mark the Dutch life sciences and health landscape.


Highly innovative med-tech cluster

Brainport Eindhoven is known for its strong cluster in medical technology for which Philips once laid the basis. Nowadays the region houses a number of large companies, state-of-the-art knowledge institutes, highly innovative SME’s, promising start-ups, med-tech suppliers and contract manufacturers.

Moreover, Philips has a large Healthcare Campus in the region and a high amount of fundamental and applied research is done into the field of medical technologies.

What characterises Brainport Eindhoven’s med-tech field is co-creation by companies and knowledge institutes and crosspollination from other sectors because of the region’s unique high tech profile.

Moreover, Brainport Eindhoven excels at combining the expertise of clinicians, academics, and (biomedical) engineers and developing from the perspective of and with end-users.


The Netherlands is home to over 3,000 life sciences and medical technology companies and research organizations
8th place in the world when it comes to patent application
The Netherlands is the 2nd country in Europe for export and import of medical devices
In Brainport Eindhoven 308 companies in medical technologies are housed, accounting for almost 5,000 jobs within a radius of about 45 minutes.
On Philips Healthcare Campus: 3,000 researchers, scientists, medical experts etc.
Multinational Philips laid the basis for the cluster, 250 companies are highly innovative SME’s
Health is one of the four main domains of High Tech Campus Eindhoven also known as the smartest square mile in the world
Health is one of the strategic areas of Eindhoven University of Technology


How Brainport Eindhoven reinforces your business

Ideal place for technology spotting

Brainport Eindhoven is an ideal place for technology spotting because of its many knowledge institutes and promising start-ups in medical technology that perform ground-breaking research.

Excellent region for piloting

Brainport Eindhoven is an ideal region for piloting because of the small-scale, inventiveness, tech-mindedness of inhabitants and high English proficiency of both clinicians as patients.

Top-notch digital infrastructure

Our excellent digital infrastructure makes Brainport Eindhoven highly suited for pilots testing digital solutions.

Developing technological health solutions with experts and patients

We develop technological health solutions with a central position for the end-user, in close cooperation with engineers, physicians, hospitals and patients.

We help in getting a CE quality label for a global market in a short amount of time

Many high-tech contract manufacturers with a proven track record in health

Large amount of high-tech contract manufacturers with a proven track record in health that help you improve the performance of your technology and products-We help turning medical technology into business


World-class medtech OEM’s, suppliers, knowledge institutes


GTX Medical publishes breakthrough in neurotechnology for treating paralysis

Three patients with chronic paraplegia were able to walk thanks to precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant. In a double study published in Nature and Nature Neuroscience. Swiss scientists Grégoire Courtine (EPFL and CHUV/Unil) and Jocelyne Bloch (CHUV/Unil) show that after a few months of training, the patients were able to control previously paralyzed leg muscles, even in the absence of electrical stimulation.

The Eindhoven based startup GTX Medical, co-founded by Sjaak Deckers, Grégoire Courtine and Jocelyne Bloch, will use these findings to develop tailored neurotechnology to turn this rehabilitation paradigm into a treatment available at hospitals and clinics everywhere. “We are building next-generation neurotechnology that will also be tested very early post-injury when the potential for recovery is high and the neuromuscular system has not yet undergone the atrophy that follows chronic paralysis. Our goal is to develop a widely accessible treatment,” says Courtine.

This study, called STIMO (STImulation Movement Overground), establishes a new therapeutic framework to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. All patients involved in the study recovered voluntary control of leg muscles that had been paralyzed for many years. Unlike the findings of two independent studies published recently in the United States on a similar concept, the neurological function was shown to persist beyond training sessions, even when the electrical stimulation was turned off. The STIMO study, led by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Switzerland, is published in the 1 November 2018 issues of Nature and Nature Neuroscience.

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