Meeting the health needs of citizens in Rotterdam

Meeting the health needs of citizens in Rotterdam

HUB founding partner City of Rotterdam about the Life Sciences and Health ecosystem that entrepreneurs can thrive in

Rotterdam has it all. Scientific excellence, young talent and the entrepreneurship that offers innovative solutions to tackle pressing healthcare issues. The municipality of Rotterdam is actively improving the Life Sciences & Health (LSH) industry in the region by building a strong community under the name LSH010. Ellen Perik is the manager of the Economic Department who is responsible for the Life Science and Health sector, leading the team that creates the ecosystem in which entrepreneurs can flourish in the Rotterdam region.

The involvement of the municipality of Rotterdam in the Holland US Bridge program showcases the facilitating role it takes upon themselves to collect and share knowledge, support with kickstarting new initiatives and leave room to entrepreneurs to do what they do best. Ellen realizes that the growing focus on preventive and personalized care- and cure solutions makes the framework for collaboration more complex. Therefore, the Economic Department is supporting organizations in the Life Science and Health industry with a strong community and program of (partner) events. Promising companies are given the opportunity to join accelerating programs, like Holland US Bridge, to expand their network of high-level industry professionals.

“The LSH industry will really take off when the recently announced close collaboration between Erasmus Medical Centre and Technical University Delft will result in creating access to high-quality clinical data.”
Ellen Perik

The Rotterdam region already has a number of innovative hotspots for talent and startups and numerous multinationals are located in the area. “The LSH industry will really take off when the recently announced close collaboration between Erasmus Medical Centre and Technical University Delft will result in creating access to high-quality (clinical) data. This data is then available for finding new solutions and testing them with users in the region. Because all parties involved in this region are close to each other, this can be done in short cycles and close coordination. And the process of application and compensation accelerates when insurers and governments also join.” Perik says about the development of the Campus around the Erasmus MC that her local government is closely involved in. It is a challenge for everyone to realize it all, but it will have a great societal and economic impact on the city and the region.

The innovative solutions and technologies being implemented in the region deserve recognition. The Dutch healthcare market is a good testing ground, but to become a global success expanding internationally is necessary. Dutch startups and emerging Life Science companies often first look at European expansion. However, preparing the company for getting foothold in the biggest healthcare market, The United States, is highly encouraged for gaining an international mindset that leads to global success. This is exactly why the Municipality of Rotterdam supports Holland US Bridge: “Through the Holland US Bridge, companies can properly investigate whether and how they can prepare to do business in America.” The experienced industry leaders mentoring and guiding the HUB participants are of great value in crossing the bridge to the US, or any other territory.

“If you are not (yet) ready, you will also learn through the program and you will also arrive at an alternative approach or market.”
Ellen Perik

Ellen wants to encourage innovative startups to take the time to properly prepare themselves for international expansion, to make use of the Holland US Bridge program to investigate the numerous opportunities the global healthcare market has to offer. “If you are not (yet) ready, you will also learn through the program and you will also arrive at an alternative approach or market.”

Rotterdam has a lot to offer for companies in the LSH industry. The region is a living lab in the medical AND technical field. This unique combination and the additional top-ranking scientific expertise and entrepreneurial mindset make the Rotterdam region attractive to house the European office for any Life Sciences company. Ellen and her team want to enhance the local economy and build the LSH010 community to be the body that meets the health needs of the citizens in Rotterdam. Health is personal, and thanks to technology and available clinical data Rotterdam can accommodate the diversity and needs of people to deliver improved prevention, diagnostics and care.

Ellen Perik

Developmentmanager Life Science & Health of the City of Rotterdam