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    Life sciences & health: B’lore’s startups to aid next wave of partnerships with Netherlands, says expert

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    The emerging synergies in digital, e-health and research collaboration will enhance the knowledge ecosystem in Netherlands and create new jobs in her country as well as India.

    The Netherlands foreign investment commissioner Jeroen Nijland on Wednesday said his country could emerge as the gateway for the Indian life sciences and health companies to export to the European market with the relocation of European Medical Agency from the UK to Amsterdam post Brexit.

    "These are interesting times in the Indo-Dutch bi-lateral trade relations," he said, addressing an interactive panel discussion on "opportunities for Indian companies for business and innovation in the Dutch healthcare and life-sciences sector" in Bengaluru. The event was organised by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and Netherlands Consulate General.

    "The Netherlands is a global leader in patents in life sciences and health and ranks second in patent application for biotech in the world. What we have noticed specifically from Bangalore is a spike in biotech and pharma related projects dealing with AI and digital health in the last 18 months, making us bullish about this market,” said Sandra de Wild, a sector specialist at NFIA.

    The emerging synergies in digital, e-health and research collaboration will enhance the knowledge ecosystem in Netherlands and create new jobs in her country as well as India, she added.

    “Bangalore with its enabling -health and high-tech start-ups in imaging, 3D printing and AI will create excellent opportunities for the next-wave of innovative partnerships from India. These start-ups when combined with Netherlands’ strengths in therapeutics & vaccines, diagnostics, medtech and e-health can solve pressing health challenges for the world,” she added.

    The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) executive director Stans Kleijnen said they focused on attracting innovative Indian companies with cutting-edge technologies to mutually deepen value for the life science and health sector for both countries.
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