Health Valley Event 2021

10 & 11 March



Doing business in the Netherlands

Hall 6 11:45 - 12:30

The Dutch are some of the happiest and healthiest people on earth. Why? Because we take care of each other. Because our country was built on cooperation. We are entrepreneurial, resourceful and highly educated. This has resulted in the best healthcare in Europe, and an internationally leading Life Sciences & Health sector.

In this interactive session Sandra de Wild (Life Sciences & Health sector specialist for The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) and Susan van Boxtel (team manager Health & Food at East Netherlands Development Agency)  share the services of the international Invest in Holland network, and how we support your company’s ambitions to establish in the Netherlands: Europe’s most attractive and innovative health industry environment.

Concentrated life sciences regions
The Netherlands is home to more than 3,100 innovative life sciences and health companies, employing over 34,000 people, University Medical Centers and research organizations. Together with major multinationals like Vaxxinova, MSD, Amgen, Genmab, Lonza, Astellas, Aduro Biotech, GlaxoSmithKline and Medtronic, the Netherlands boasts one of the most concentrated life sciences regions in the world within a 200 km radius.

World-class health and research institutes
Moreover, the country is fuelled by world-class health and research institutes, including 12 research universities, 85 hospitals at 131 locations — seven of which are University Medical Centers— 112 outpatient clinics and around 50 public-private partnerships between science, industry and government.

The Netherlands has a vibrant biotech ecosystem that is growing quickly. The Netherlands has the most concentrated life sciences cluster in Europe, and Amsterdam is the location of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

What makes the Netherlands an attractive location for foreign biopharma or medtech companies? What opportunities does the arrival of the EMA in the Netherlands offer? But also, how can we improve the business climate and our ecosystem in the Life Sciences & Health sector? 

Sandra de Wild has been working for the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate for more than 25 years. Since 5 years she is working as the Life Sciences & Health sector specialist for The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. As one of the three coordinators within the Invest in Holland Life Sciences & Health team she is responsible for strategic and knowledge related Foreign Direct Investments and the investment climate. Sandra previously worked as the liaison within Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( the top sector Life Sciences & Health. In addition, she worked for more than 10 years as a National delegate on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the Health programme within Horizon 2020, the 7th Framework Programme and its predecessor. 

Susan van Boxtel, Advisor Health & Food, Invest in Holland team. Susan is a biologist, who worked as preclinical pharmacologist in pharmaceutical companies in the Netherlands and Singapore.  After 10 years in pharmaceutical industry, she joined the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore. For six years, Susan headed the Innovation, Science and Technology team and connected Dutch universities and innovative companies with R&D partners in Singapore and Malaysia. Susan joined the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL; member of the Invest in Holland network) in 2018. Susan is team manager Health & Food, and she and her team support international companies with their business expansion in the Netherlands. 

The Invest in Holland – Life Sciences & Health team is a collaborative team of Life Sciences & Health experts from the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), regional economic development agencies and several large cities. This team promotes the sector, assists foreign companies and strengthens the Life Sciences & Health business climate.

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Susan van Boxtel

Sr. Advisor Health & Food / Team Manager
Oost NL

Sandra de Wild-Chardonnens

Head Strategic Projects and Business Climate Invest in Holland Life Sciences & Health team
Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency

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