MedTech in the Netherlands

Find out how the Brainport Eindhoven region is finding answers to the global challenges around health care

Dutch MedTech is Brainport MedTech

For this MedTech dossier, we focus on the broader Brainport Eindhoven region. This is the area with a leading position in the Netherlands when it comes to companies active in medical technology, or MedTech. One in five Dutch MedTech companies is located in the province of Brabant, and more than half of these are in Brainport Eindhoven. Brabant’s MedTech sector is a serious growth engine for the province and the country.

This MedTech dossier is sponsored by Rabobank, Brainport Development and Brabant Development Agency (BOM)

5 Focus Points for the Near Future

  • Clustering of medical imaging and diagnostics:
  • More impact for the MedTech start-up ecosystem
  • Collaboration between SMEs and medical centers
  • Connecting Brainport with Pivot Park
  • Stronger international positioning of the MedTech sector

Read more about these 5 focus points


Hotspot in Life Sciences & Health

In Brabant, 910 branches of Life Sciences & Health companies can be found, accounting for 18,160 jobs. This is respectively 15.6% and 23.5% of the total Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector.

Strong footholld for diagnostics and imaging

The MedTech companies in Brainport Eindhoven are active in very diverse therapeutic areas and markets. The domain ‘diagnostics and medical imaging techniques’ is remarkably strongly represented.

‘Driving Force’ Carmen van Vilsteren

As the director of Health at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the figurehead of the Top Sector Lifescience & Health, Carmen van Vilsteren is a driving force in the field of innovation. She brings researchers and industry together to collaborate on new innovations, “because otherwise we won’t get there on our own.”

Three characteristics for Brainport

The MedTech companies in Brainport Eindhoven are active in very diverse medical domains and markets. They distinguish themselves by these 3 characteristics:

1. The domain ‘diagnostics and medical imaging techniques‘ is remarkably strongly represented. An important stimulus in this respect comes from Philips Healthcare, the world’s number 3 in this domain. The domain is also a research focal point of TU Eindhoven.
2. The large number of medical technology start-ups resulting from the strong start-up climate in Brainport Eindhoven.
3. Over a third of the companies (more than 100) are active in the chain of complex mechanical engineering. This medical technology manufacturing industry is partly a supplier to Philips Healthcare, but also serves other medical technology OEM customers.

What is MedTech?

By medical technology – MedTech for short – we mean “the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures, and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve the quality of life.” (WHO)

It, therefore, refers to the use of instruments, devices or appliances, software, implants, materials, or other articles intended by manufacturers to be used in humans for a variety of specific purposes including diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, prediction, prognosis, treatment, or alleviation of disease.

MedTech hotspots in Brabant

MedTech Highlights

Each week, we present a different MedTech Highlight, concisely summarized in an explanatory video. This week: the regenerative medicine at Xeltis.

Recent other MedTech news

Get an impression of the size, diversity and impact of MedTech in Brainport Eindhoven

Microsure raises € 2.7 million under new leadership

Microsure, a leading Dutch developer of micro-surgical robotics, closed a financing round of € 2.7 million, as an extension of the 2020 Series B round. The funds will be used to continue the initial clinical roll-out of MUSA, the company’s CE-marked and approved micro-surgical robot assistant. This round was led by Invest-NL, the other 50%…

A sensor for testing the quality of milk – and the health of a cow

MantiSpectra, an Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) spin-off company, has developed a sensor that can be used to quality check unpasteurized milk and check if cows have health problems. Milk (as well as other food products and materials) reflect infrared radiation that can give valuable information to its checmical make-up and quality. Unfortunately, this light…

Dutch corona blood test from Eindhoven goes international

There is growing international interest in a new invention developed by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Catharina Hospital in the Netherlands. It concerns the so-called CoLab score that can serve as an alternative to a PCR rapid test when screening patients for Covid-19. The CoLab score is calculated based on how the coronavirus causes…

Using AI to reduce complications in patients in nursing wards

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the Catharina Hospital in the Netherlands are using artificial intelligence to develop a smart camera that will continuously monitor patients. The camera is aimed at e.g. patients who have just had surgery but no longer need to stay in intensive care. At present, someone drops by their…

Mini organs can make their own new bone tissue in a lab

Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Radboudumc have succeeded in growing a lifelike piece of bone tissue from human stem cells. This is the first ‘organoid’ of a bone, a simplified version of the original. The research was published this week in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.. The cultured bone is especially…

Heart rhythm of unborn child more accurately captured with new technology

The heartbeat of an unborn child says a lot about the child’s development, such as congenital heart defects. That is why the heart rate is measured regularly, both during pregnancy and during childbirth. At present, obstetricians and gynecologists work with ultrasound technology in order to do this. An ultrasound transducer is placed on the mother’s…

AlphaBeats partners with Kenkou for stress measurement without the use of wearables

Eindhoven-based health tech startup AlphaBeats is partnering with Berlin-based Kenkou to develop stress measurement that does not require wearables. The use of a cell phone will be sufficient for a medically sound measurement of heart rate variability. AlphaBeats uses a technology developed by Philips that combines biofeedback with music to reduce the effects of stress….

Strategic collaboration with Mount Sinai to help Preceyes’ robot-assisted ocular surgical procedures enter the American market

For the further development of robot-assisted ocular surgical procedures, Eindhoven-based Medtech start-up Preceyes and the Mount Sinai Health System (US) are starting a strategic collaboration. As part of the collaboration, Mount Sinai has made an equity investment in Preceyes and joins its Board of Directors. A further goal of this collaboration is to support Preceyes’…

A high tech band-aid on an open wound

Chronic wounds mainly occur among the elderly. The treatment is fragmented and expensive. There are no specialists like the oncologist for cancer or the internist for diabetes. A diabetic foot wound is treated by the internist, an open leg wound by the dermatologist and if the wound does not close, the patient goes to the…

Doctors make better choices with the TraceBook tool

There are already plenty of tools that help with making choices in everyday life. Google Maps provides directions for the best route and Spotify offers suggestions of music to listen to. Even in the medical world, systems are being developed that support healthcare providers in the decisions they have to make. Doctors and nurses constantly…

In the fight against infant mortality in Africa, GOAL 3 develops a smart monitor

For general practitioner and tropical doctor Niek Versteegde, it is unacceptable that millions of people die every year from diseases that are easy to treat. He wants to change that. More than a year ago he shared his dream with, among others, medical product designer Bart Bierling. That was the beginning of GOAL 3, a…

Mission-oriented innovation provides social and economic benefits

The Brainport region is an important growth engine of the Dutch economy. It is therefore very important, both for the region itself and for the country, to further strengthen this position. The fact that this not only increases the earning capacity but also makes it possible to tackle numerous societal challenges, makes that goal all…

A new tendon or a piece of cartilage will soon come out of the bioprinter

Exercise is healthy, of course. But it can lead to all kinds of physical complaints. Such as a torn tendon, inflammation of a tendon, problems with joint cartilage, and other injuries. People who are aging also have to deal with these kinds of problems more and more often. Together with European research partners, researchers from…

Medtech start-up Salvia develops a pacemaker to counter attacks of migraine

When you have a terrible headache, you tend to massage it away on your forehead. People with chronic migraines have this tendency for more than six months per year. With medication and injections, they try to suppress the pain. Medtech start-up Salvia BioElectronics is working from the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, on a more structural…

Dutch province of Brabant is leading the way in the Med Tech and e-Health field

The Dutch province of North Brabant is one of the most innovative regions in Europe. It is not without reason that the province is ranked number five in Europe on the list of regions with the highest number of patent applications. However, the time-to-market for new products is getting shorter while technology is becoming more…

The Dutch province of Brabant has become the hotspot of Life Sciences & Health

Half of the total Dutch production value in Life Sciences & Health (around ten billion euros) is accounted for by the province of North Brabant. Almost a quarter of all jobs in this sector end up in this province. Biotech, in particular, is growing rapidly: the number of new establishments has grown by 43% since…