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The healthcare innovation network of the Netherlands

Health Valley is the healthcare innovation network of the Netherlands. Our daily commitment is to accelerate digitization and innovations in healthcare in order to maintain accessible, affordable, and high-quality care. Health Valley connects healthcare institutions, companies, knowledge institutions, and the government, challenging them to tackle the greatest societal challenges in prevention, cure, and care together. Our aim is to rapidly develop, implement, and scale innovative technological solutions. The ultimate goal is to enable people to live longer in good health and limit healthcare costs. Our more than 200 partners are spread throughout the country and together form a national ecosystem with international ambitions.

Team and Board

The professionals in our team and our board members each have their own expertise, background, and network. They work together daily, both within our team and with specialists in the field, to address the major societal challenges of our time. We dare to experiment and explore new paths. The board plays an active role and is closely connected to the team and its activities.

The healthcare innovation network of the Netherlands

Health Valley was established in 2006 and consists of a network of over 200 regional, national, and international partners from the healthcare sector, business community, academia, and government. Together, we are building an ecosystem where new connections are made on a daily basis. Across sectors, we look for opportunities for knowledge sharing, product innovation, and market introduction.

Health Valley has its roots in East Netherlands. Since 2022, we have joined forces with Health Innovation Park (HIP) to collectively become the most progressive healthcare innovation network in Europe for our partners.

More than half of Health Valley's partners are located in Gelderland and Overijssel.

East Netherlands as a breeding ground

In East Netherlands, companies, knowledge institutions, and healthcare organizations have been collaborating for decades to shape better and more efficient healthcare. The powerful and innovative healthcare sector with its dense collaboration structure in East Netherlands serves as an example for the entire country and similar regions in Europe. Health Valley is a partner of Th!nk East Netherlands, a collaboration of cluster organizations, educational and research institutions, regions, business associations, and the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel. Together, we work on the development and application of knowledge and concepts, as well as the implementation and scaling of innovations.

Key players in East Netherlands by subfield:

  • Healthcare organizations: including universities of Twente and Nijmegen (Radboud), Isala, Sint Maartenskliniek, Roessingh Center for Rehabilitation, Medisch Spectrum Twente, Siza, VIGO, Ambulance IJsselland, Een Plus, Solis.
  • Knowledge and educational institutions: including University of Twente, Radboud University, Universities of Applied Sciences Windesheim, Saxion and HAN, regional education centers (ROCs') Nijmegen and Rijn IJssel, Deltion College, Academy Het Dorp, and OnePlanet Research Center.
  • Government: including municipalities of Arnhem, Nijmegen, Zwolle, provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, and the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL). 
  • Business community: including Demcon, VGZ, IKONE, OZOverbindzorg, Relitech Systems, ResearchManager, Van Remmen UV Technology, Future Diagnostics, Indes, Orikami, NTS Optel,, and many startups.

The innovation formula

The successful innovation formula of Health Valley is based on the quadruple helix model, which involves close collaboration between healthcare institutions, researchers, companies, and municipalities/provinces in innovation projects. The participating parties are brought together in projects, challenges, and consortia. Within all these collaboration networks, Health Valley plays multiple roles: connector, advisor, catalyst, and promoter.

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