Joining Amsterdam’s life sciences and health sector

Rubicon Technical, a technical service provider for the consumer healthcare industry, is opening a new office in Amsterdam. The company, which is headquartered in the English city of Hull, said the move was to help it continue growing globally while dealing with the challenges caused by Brexit.

Providing services focused on medical devices, cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals, Rubicon Technical was founded in 2008 and has grown significantly over the last six years. In 2021, it will enter two new areas of operation for consumer healthcare products: warehousing and distribution.

‘A vibrant city where businesses can thrive’

Founder Kathryn Symonowicz, who previously worked in Amsterdam, described the Dutch capital as a “vibrant city in which Rubicon can thrive,” in an interview with BusinessLive. She also said it is “the ideal European hub” thanks to transport links to the UK, close proximity to Brussels and the local talent pool.

The company will hire new employees to help launch the office and offer various services from its new Amsterdam base, including product registrations and assistance with EU labelling requirements.

Why Amsterdam is a global hub for medical research and technology

Amsterdam is a world leader in life sciences and health. The city thrives on cooperation, driven by the concentration of its many research institutions, universities, established corporations and startups.

A growing community of more than 300 organisations and companies focused on life sciences and health collaborate and form partnerships in specialised hubs, including Amsterdam Science Park and the Amsterdam Life Sciences District. Notable firms working in the sector include Aidence, Kite, Pacmed and Gilead Sciences.

The European Medicines Agency is also based in the city, as is the Alzheimer Centre Amsterdam, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. With a team of more than 100 people, it provides patient care, conducts ground-breaking studies and is pursuing new uses of artificial intelligence.

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