West Holland is home to the Medical Delta, an internationally recognized Life Sciences & Health cluster - the largest in the Netherlands – with the ambition to become the R&D hub of Europe for drug development. Influential institutes are concentrated here such as the Rotterdam and Delft Life Science Parks, focused on innovative medical technology and the Leiden Bio Science Park. Translational drugs discovery & development, personalized medicine, immunotherapy, healthy aging initiatives, digital health and regenerative medicine are some of the key strengths in our unique delta region where the entrepreneurial spirit is high and collaboration is in our genes.

West Holland, the Medical Delta where health innovation partners collaborate

Medical Delta is the Life Sciences & Health cluster situated in the western part of the Netherlands. The Leiden-Delft-Rotterdam region contains a remarkable and unique concentration of healthcare centers, companies and technological and scientific research institutes active in life sciences, biotech and medical technology. Therefore West Holland offers an appealing location for (inter)national companies and institutes to establish their Europeans operations.

The Medical Delta cluster, centered around the the University of Leiden, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and the Delft University of Technology, includes companies in all phases of development from pioneering to startup such as Janssen Biologics, Janssen IDV, Mentor, 3M, Avery Denison, Galapagos, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (part of Canon Group), Astellas, DSM, BioMarin and Pluriomics.

With three renowned universities, two academic medical centers, over 400 life science companies and an innovative startup ecosystem, there are many opportunities for R&D collaboration. In addition, excellent product testing and clinical trials facilities are available for product validation. The Center for Human Drug Research (CHDR) in Leiden specializes in innovative early-stage clinical drug research and in the Medical Delta living labs and Big Data Innovationhub, medical technology companies can also test and validate their innovations in real-life settings in the areas of minimal invasive instruments, care robotics, OR safety, rehabilitation and homecare.

The many research facilities boost the innovative potential of the region. The new Holland Proton Therapy Centre (HollandPTC) in Delft will provide not only excellent patient care, but also a unique research facility for the Leiden University Medical Center, Erasmus MC and TU Delft, to collaborate on ground-breaking research for new cancer treatments in proton therapy. Furthermore NeCEN, the Dutch facility for electron microscopy in Leiden, provides access to the most advanced cryo-transmission electron microscopes available world-wide for biomedical research.