Brussels Region (BE1)

Population per km2 - 7422

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Leader -

The region has a population of 1.2 million. In terms of health, the region's strengths lie in its large hospital-hospital hub and the high concentration of people with varied socio-cultural profiles. This provides a breeding ground for clinical trials and collaborations between different scientific disciplines (engineering sciences, life sciences, etc.).


Medical research in the region is recognized in oncology, chronic and neurodegenerative diseases, medical devices and medical engineering. The objective of the strategic field of activity "Personalized Medicine and Wellness" is therefore to capitalize on these assets in order to improve the performance of care and the quality of life of patients. There is a focus on the development of personalized therapies and services, improving the hospital-to-home care chain (e-health) and prevention, by improving the environmental quality of life.

Policy documents

  1. Regional innovation Plan

  2. National action plan eHealth

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure); Public awareness, patient participation with respect to Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium