The premises are now fully occupied with innovative companies active in ICT, tech, life sciences and chemistry. The new tenants include Halliburton Multi-Chem, Kite Pharma EU and the Hartwig Medical Foundation. In total, more than 100 companies currently operate from a base at the MATRIX Innovation Center. Geert Haksteen, managing director of the Matrix Innovation Center, welcomed the new tenants in a press release, commenting: “We are noticing that more and more companies recognise the Science Park Amsterdam
as a hub for research, education and entrepreneurship, connecting them to the largest concentration of beta sciences in Europe.”
Science Park Amsterdam
The fact that an increasing number of innovative companies from all over the world have found their way to the Science Park illustrates the importance of the park as an inspiring spot where knowledge and business activity meet and strengthen each other. The Science Park currently provides state-of-the-art offices, labs and additional services to some 120 companies – from start-ups to multinationals – working in the fields of ICT, life sciences, advanced technology or sustainability. For example, the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) officially opened in November 2014. The ARCNL is a public-private partnership between the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML. It focuses on fundamental physics involved in current and future key technologies in nanolithography, primarily for the semiconductor industry.
As one of the most densely cabled locations in Europe, the Science Park is currently home to more than 150 network hubs. It also houses the data centres Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), one of the largest data transport hubs in the world, which is known for its superior quality and low costs, and Netherlands Internet Exchange (NL-ix). The Science Park is capable of reaching 80 per cent of customers in Europe within 50 milliseconds.
Science Park Amsterdam is a knowledge hub, and it has proved itself an extremely popular location for start-ups as a centre for meeting new peers and finding collaborators. The Science Park is home to a concentration of the city’s most successful tech and science start-ups, some of which grew at a staggering rate of 300 per cent last year. It’s also where the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science and the Amsterdam University College have their campuses. Dozens of renowned research institutes and companies all add to the innovative melting pot.