Noord-Brabant (NL41)

Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Leader

Total population (2019) 2544806

Population per km² (2017) 508

Proportion population older 65 year % 19,98%

Regional website

Province of Noord-Brabant

Brabant Development Agency

Noord-Brabant is a province in the south of the Netherlands with a population of 2.5 million. Within the Netherlands the region of Noord-Brabant is recognised as a strong region in terms of R&D and innovation with a strong technological profile.


Together with the Provinces Zeeland and Limburg, Noord Brabant has a Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation for South-Netherland (RIS3). The RIS3 South Netherlands aims to further develop the region of South Netherlands into a top innovative economic region. This mission is coherent with the fact that half of the region’s economic growth comes from innovation.


Through a careful consideration of the region’s strong knowledge institutes, national and international recognition of the cooperation model as well as the region's unique ecosystem, the following five areas of smart specialisation of the South Netherlands were identified:High-tech systems; Chemistry; Life sciences & health; Logistics and Agriculture & Food.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes- We are looking for clustering approach concerning medtech, Bio-molecular Sensing, Data Science in Health, Healthy Daily Living, Medical Imaging and Monitoring, Monitor - Diagnose and Present, Regenerative Medicine and Robotics.

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no 

Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? yes 

MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? yes

S3ClusSport member? no 

Central Europe? no

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? yes

1M+Genome initiative? country level member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network(ERRIN)?  no

Vanguard Initiative? no

ERAPerMed?  no

Policy documents

  1. National: Missie: Gezondheid en zorg  

  2. Regional: Uitvoeringsprogramma innovatie LSH 2018-2022

  3. National: Health RI   

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.);Specific disease related research:;Education, training and skill development; Prediction and prevention; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure);Electronic and mobile health solutions; Value based healthcare

NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation objectives: C.20 - Chemicals and chemical products; C.21 - Basic   pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations; C.28 - Machinery and   equipment n.e.c.; Q.86 - Human health activities; M.72 - Scientific research  and development.

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS06 - Industrial production and technology;   NABS07 - Health; NABS122 - R&D related to Engineering Sciences - financed   from GUF; NABS132 - R&D related to Engineering Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF; NABS133 - R&D related to Medical Sciences -   financed from other sources than GUF.

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation objectives: D - Digital transformation; D.18 - Advanced or High performance computing; D.19 - Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems,   augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification &   interaction technologies; D.31 - Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices,   sensors and actuators networks); D.35 - Robotics, autonomous and cyber   physical systems (e.g. vehicles, embedded systems); E.37 - Advanced   manufacturing systems; E.38 - Advanced materials; E.39 - Industrial   biotechnology; E.40 - Micro/Nano-electronics; E.41 - Nanotechnology; E.42 -   Photonics; G.46 - Ageing societies; G.49 - Public health & well-being;   H.51 - New or improved organisational models; H.52 - New or improved service   processes; I - Social innovation; I.55 - New products or services that meet social needs.

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

Major initiatives

  1. Therapie op Maat Instituut 

  2. Codex4SME's  


  4. e/Mtic 

  5. Pivot Park  

  6. Reg4PerMed  

  7. Healthcare 4.0 

  8. Innosup Heal-it 

  9. e/MTIC  patient data infrastructure to be developed

  10. JADS  University for smart data 

  11. Interreg NWE related projects


  13. health care and education

  14. i-4-1-Health 

  15. ELAT - Eindhoven, Leuven, Aachen Technology Triangle 

  16. Flexlines 

  17. Health cluster for capitalising integrated. innovative and transferable health care models and solutions for healthy ageing and independent living in NWE and beyond 

  18. Health Innovation Experimental Landscape through Policy Improvement 

  19. Sport for Growth and Healthy & Vital Communities 

  20. Innovate Dementia 

  21. Regional Care Portals

  22. Tele Medicine and the consequences for urban planning and development

  23. InnovaTion in Health And Care for All

  24. Boost4Health - The Life Sciences Hub of NWE 

  25. CrossRoads 2 

  26. Facility Sharing in Life Sciences - Promoting innovation in NWE life science SMEs by enabling easy transnational access to research facilities

  27. Digital Innovation Hubs:

Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?

Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3)

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region  -Low

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - Medium

Image attribution

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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