Health and Life Science

Amsterdam is a world leader in life sciences and health

The Netherlands is the most concentrated Life Sciences & health region in the world, with more than 4000 innovative R&D Life Sciences & Health companies within a 200 km radius.. Each year the country invests around 10% of its GNP in the health sector to ensure top-quality care.

The city thrives on cooperation, driven by the concentration of its many research institutions, universities, established corporations and startups. The sector also has a close relationship with technology. They collaborate and form partnerships in specialized hubs, including Amsterdam Science Park, the Amsterdam Life Sciences District, the Knowledge Quarter VU/Zuidas and the NKI.


Europe's no.1 hub for live sciences & health

  • #1 ranking in the Global Connectedness Index
  • Top 5 tech cities with the highest level of broadband penetration
  • Offering a talented academic community
  • Two dedicated science faculties
  • Home to +300 life sciences companies
  • A multilingual, highly-skilled workforce

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Europe’s densest and most innovative life sciences and health community

When it comes to life sciences and health in Amsterdam, “community” is much more than a buzzword. The local area has internationally-renowned universities, academic hospitals and research institutions, including the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.

The European Medicines Agency relocated to Amsterdam from London in 2019, bringing along 650 staff members – a move inspired by the presence of robust, accessible businesses and academic communities that are a constant source of innovation, inspiration and feedback.


Merging medicine and technology

In Amsterdam, life sciences and health have a close relationship with technology. Data science is a hot topic in the Dutch capital, which is home to over 600 researchers focused on this cutting-edge field. Cooperating closely with each other, they explore how machine learning can improve healthcare by using computers to analyse vast amounts of data and determine the optimal course of treatment for patients.

For instance, a doctor might have limited experience treating a rare condition, but a computer can study outcomes across hundreds or thousands of cases, helping determine the best way to care for someone.

Many of the industry’s leading businesses also focus on fields such as artificial intelligence, paving the way for a future where robots perform complicated procedures and other important tasks. The city even has a think tank that focuses on improving the life expectancy of its residents through AI.