Life sciences and health industry in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Area sits at the heart of the European life sciences and health industry. The region thrives on cooperation, driven by the high concentration of its many research institutions, universities, medical centres, corporations and startups. They collaborate and form partnerships in specialised hubs and leverage cutting-edge technology and AI to meet life and science and health challenges of the future.

What makes Amsterdam a great place for life sciences and health companies?

Driven by a commitment to innovation, ground-breaking developments from Amsterdam’s Area’s life sciences and health sector have the third highest impact in the world. 

The city's dynamic research community includes two internationally renowned universities, University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as Amsterdam University Medical Centre and the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). Specialised hubs such as Amsterdam Science Park and the Amsterdam Life Sciences District offer countless opportunities for growth and collaboration, while the European Medicines Agency’s presence in the city ensures high quality innovation.

The Netherlands is the top European importer and exporter of medical devices and Amsterdam’s optimal location provides rapid access to 95% of Europe’s biggest consumer markets. Logistics are made easy – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a specialised pharma zone and the Port of Amsterdam has biomass transhipment facilities.

Named one of fDi’s top tech cities of the future, Amsterdam hosts the perfect testbed for AI and medtech solutions. Amsterdam-based Philips, Aidence and Skinvision are major players in the €4.7-billion-euro Netherlands medtech market, while medical AI labs are among Amsterdam’s abundant public-private partnerships trialing new discoveries.

Besides being a beautiful place to live, Amsterdam is home to 179 nationalities and a multilingual workforce


  • A highly connected and innovative ecosystem, backed by local government

  • Inspiring research and learning hubs: Amsterdam Science Park and Amsterdam Life Sciences District


  • Home to the European Medicines Agency

  • Two dedicated science faculties and two university medical centres

  • A growing community of more than 300 life sciences companies

  • Life sciences and health conferences and events held each year

Set up in Amsterdam

Are you searching for a location for your European office or do you want to know more about your potential market in the Amsterdam Area? As the region’s official foreign investment agency, amsterdam inbusiness can help international businesses enjoy a soft landing in the Amsterdam Area, including arranging fact-finding visits and providing market intelligence. Get in touch with a member of the team:


Nesrine Bouhab

Manager: Middle East and North Africa Foreign Investments & Financial Sector Advisor to the City of Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (6) 5398 6382
Email: N.Bouhab@amsterdam.nl

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