Where health innovation gets the best possible treatment

Maternal mortality has fallen by 37% since 2000, measles vaccines have averted nearly 15.6 million deaths over the same period and 17,000 fewer children die each day (!) than in 1990. The progress in worldwide health and wellbeing is significant. But we still have a long way to go. Even in developed regions only half of the women receive the recommended amount of health care they need. Across the globe, medical expenses are rising to unprecedented levels, partly due to the ageing population. Innovative and practical solutions are needed to be able to continue to guarantee high-quality and affordable healthcare. Rotterdam’s aim is to develop scalable solutions applicable to our own city as well as to other parts of the world. 

Life Sciences and Health in Rotterdam

More than 400 Life Sciences & Health companies and (healthcare) organisations are established in Rotterdam. Our strong position in the Dutch Life Sciences & Health-landscape is partly explained by the presence of Erasmus MC. This is one of the leading university medical centres in Europe. Besides Erasmus MC and our other top hospitals, the medical sector in Rotterdam includes high-end businesses and research facilities such as the Rotterdam Science Tower, which is packed with fast-growing, innovative Life Sciences and Health companies. It is the collaboration between businesses, research and knowledge institutions, and public-sector parties in Rotterdam that is creating such a fertile breeding ground for a wide range of medical innovations. Developed in Rotterdam, finding their way to patients across the globe.

Rotterdam is part of the Medical Delta. This is a regional medical-technological collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus MC, Leiden University, TU Delft and the Leiden University Medical Center. Complemented by governments and over 150 companies, making it the largest cluster of life sciences companies in the Netherlands.