The kick-off of MedTech Twente 2030 took place during the MedTech Business Day, part of the first MedTech Twente Week. In the presence of cluster partners, entrepreneurs and representatives from the business community, administrators from the Province of Overijssel, the Municipality of Enschede and the Twente Board explained why they are investing in the cluster. A few medtech companies also talked about their developments and how important it is to have a strong cooperation and profile of the region at MedTech.
Investment in ecosystem results in growing international position of MedTech Twente
Eddy van Hijum, Provincial Executive of Overijssel: “Together we invest in the growth of medtech companies in the region. After the previous grants for specific medtech projects, this strengthening of the mutual cooperation within the MedTech Cluster and the external profiling follows. This will help to advance the cluster as a whole and specific companies, resulting in positive effects on well-being and prosperity in the region.
Jeroen Diepemaat, alderman for economy of the municipality of Enschede confirms this prognosis, and sees rapid growth in activity in Twente, also at Kennispark Twente. “In various places, medtech companies are building and establishing themselves on the innovation campus and are realizing their ambitions. I am proud that we can support all these developments with a powerful cluster organization.”
Victor Jan Leurs adds. “The health of residents is a very important part of optimal Gross Twente Happiness. Future healthcare is under heavy pressure and medical technology is one of the solutions to keep healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone. Our region and companies are among the national top and can play a major role in this in the long term.”
Driving forces behind the regional cluster are Oost NL, University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, World Trade Center Twente, Roessingh Research & Development, Health Valley, Kennispark Twente, Twente Board and Novel-T. “In mid-2020, we presented a first action agenda with targeted investment proposals for the regional MedTech cluster on behalf of the various stakeholders, Mona Keijzer, then State Secretary for EZK. It is fantastic to see the traction since then, realized from a collaboration between entrepreneurs, governments and knowledge institutions and aimed at growing companies. I am looking forward to the next phase!” said Jaap Beernink, CEO Novel-T.
MedTech Twente Week
The first edition of the MedTech Twente Week will take place from 2 to 4 November 2022(refers to another website) Place. The success of the TechMed Event has been expanded into a broad multi-day program for researchers, corporates, startups, doctors, students and investors. There is plenty of attention for medical technological research, the marketing and implementation of MedTech innovations, accelerating MedTech business and establishing new connections. Together we strengthen our future healthcare with medical technology.