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Amsterdam's life sciences and health industry

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a leading force in life sciences and health, constantly striving to bring together corporates, universities and research institutes in the sector. In addition, the area boasts great tax benefits for migrants, the world's best work-life balance and a multilingual, skilled talent pool. It's also one of the best-connected regions in the world – both digitally and logistically.

  • A multilingual, highly skilled workforce
  • Unparalleled work-life balance
  • Amsterdam Science Park is home to some of Europe's leading scientific innovation
  • #1 in the 2017 Euro Health Consumer Index
  • Digitally and physically well connected
  • 30% tax advantage for highly skilled migrants

Amsterdam's excellent infrastructure for research

The Amsterdam Area is home to academic hospitals, two respected universities and many specialised research institutes. Other major institutes include the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation and ACTA (one of the top dental education and research facilities in the world). Other scientific hotspots such as Wageningen and Leiden are about an hour away. This ensures that all companies active in life sciences enjoy superb access to innovative technologies, clinical trials, biobanks and centres of expertise. The companies directly active in life sciences are aided by hundreds of specialised partners in financial & business services, ICT and logistics. amsterdam inbusiness has a major role in bringing together corporates, universities, research institutes and talent in the sector, and the Amsterdam Science Park – one of Europe’s largest concentrations of high-level scientific education and research – also brings business, science and innovation together.

Bringing innovation to the rest of the world

The Amsterdam Area is a strategically located logistics hub from which to ship your precious products. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Amsterdam and high-quality road and rail links ensure the region is a gateway to Europe and beyond. Specialist services such as a pharma zone at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, biomass transhipment facilities at the Port of Amsterdam and guidance from the Pharma Logistics Steering Group ensure the region is a leader in life sciences-related logistics. But Amsterdam's not just physically well-connected: it also boasts top-notch digital connectivity. The Netherlands is known for having some of Europe's fastest internet speeds, and Amsterdam itself is home to some truly impressive data centres, including one of the world's largest data-transport hubs, AMS-IX.

“Our office in the Amsterdam Area provides us with an excellent springboard for strengthening our position.” – Cem Bozkurt, Alvimedica Medical Technologies

Where great minds meet

The Amsterdam Area is also home to a broad talent pool. The city has a productive regional workforce drawing from 178 different nationalities, and 44% of the population has attended higher education institutions. Amsterdam also has the country’s highest density of knowledge workers and an increasing influx of workers from other EU countries, all facilitated by the services of IN Amsterdam. According to the World Talent Index, the Netherlands ranks fourth in the world for attracting and developing talent, surpassing every other country on the European continent. And over 90% of Dutch people speak English; in fact, the Netherlands took the top spot on the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) – the world's largest ranking of countries by their English skills.

“The city has a very stable communication infrastructure, a deep and profound knowledge of global marketing and brand strategies and added to that, our people love to live here. Talent simply flourishes in Amsterdam.” – Paul Kösters, Wright Medical Technologies

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News about Amsterdam's life sciences industry

  • Another brilliant year for Amsterdam Science Park

    From startups to huge multinationals, Amsterdam Science Park welcomed a whopping 39 companies last year, solidifying its reputation as a world-leading hub in entrepreneurship, research and science education.

  • European Medicines Agency (EMA) moving to Amsterdam

    Yesterday, the European Council chose Amsterdam for EMA’s new headquarters. About 900 staff members will be relocated from London for the move.

  • Meet ACE Incubator’s new startups

    The Amsterdam-based startup incubator's latest programme kicked off on 2 October 2017. The 15 selected startups will learn everything they need to know to expand their businesses.

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