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.


17 juni, 17:00 uur:
TAISIG Talks – Artificial intelligence for Diagnostic Imaging. With
Sharon Ong, Assistant Professor at the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence. Tilburg University.

Robot SARA

SARA (Social & Autonomous Robotic health Assistant) aims to create a better work balance for professional caregivers and to provide extra care for clients for whom the staff does not always have time.

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 companies in the province of North Brabant

On the map you will find all MedTech companies in the province of Noord-Brabant with more han ten employees.

The bigger the sphere, the higher the number of employees

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

Premature babies have improved odds in artificial uterus

“An artificial uterus – the incubator 2.0 – will become a reality within 10 years,” says Jasmijn Kok, one of the founders of the spin-off Juno. Together with four researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, including her twin sister Lyla Kok, she wants to bring a technology that increases the chances of survival…

Flying start for RiboPro with production of mRNA

Scientists and biotech companies are lining up for the messenger RNA (mRNA) products that the Dutch start-up RiboPro makes. The company is therefore growing rapidly. Global demand for mRNA exceeds supply: the number of producers can be counted on about two hands. By now, we know Messenger RNA as the active ingredient in Pfizer and…

Onward Medical to join the Amsterdam and Brussels Stock Exchange

Onward Medical has announced plans to get listed in Amsterdam and Brussels. The company is developing a device that stimulates the spinal cord after injuries. The exact date of the operation, the price range, and the targeted amounts for the IPO are not yet known. Founded in 2014, Onward Medical is a spin-off from the…

For further expansion in MedTech, IGS GeboJagema looks to the US and to robotization

If there is one market that is guaranteed to grow in the coming years, it is the healthcare market. The world’s population is aging, medical devices are becoming available in more and more countries, and technology is providing a rapid succession of innovations. The Eindhoven-based IGS GeboJagema was well aware of this at the beginning…

Robot Sara: the ever-patient extra hand in long-term care

That Robot Sara is a welcome addition for institutions in long-term care, no one doubts anymore. But that does not mean that there is a ready-made product by now. The phase of co-creation and co-innovation between the inventors and users will therefore continue for some time. We took a look at both sides, with conversations…

Not healthcare, but ‘care for health’ is the new credo

Tempt more people to move more trough the use of smart technology and innovation. Which also creates new jobs and markets. That was the mission that the Vitality Living Lab project started out with about three years ago. A mission where that need is becoming increasingly more obvious, says René Wijlens, cluster manager from the…

ONWARD secures 32 million dollar financing

ONWARD has completed another important step in its mission to help people regain mobility. The company recently announced that it completed a 32 million dollar round of financing. With this money, ONWARD can develop and commercialize their two technologies ARC-EX and ARC-IM. Both these external and internal technologies are designed to deliver targeted, programmed stimulation…

Healthtech plays an increasingly important role in the quality of life

Healthtech aims to improve our lives so that we become healthier and stronger, not only physically but also mentally. There are consequently numerous researchers and companies working on the development of these types of technologies. One example is AlphaBeats, the Eindhoven-based start-up that combines biofeedback with music to reduce the effects of stress. Inner peace…

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’…