Health & High Tech Region

Arnhem–Nijmegen with Wageningen: working on long and healthy living: Our region has many advantages: top companies in the Food, Health and Energy sectors. Knowledge institutes with unique expertise and state-of-the-art research. A highly educated professional population. Good infrastructure and attractive cities. These ingredients make the region especially suitable for economic development. On this page we take a look at the educational facilities, research institutes and companies that support the top sectors in our region.


Radboud University is ranked in the top 10 for health research in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. With its 18 centers of expertise, it facilitates scientists from all over the world in conducting state-of-the-art research and developing expertise. They are home to the renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, which is known for first-class research into the brain, food and eating patterns.


Radboudumc, Radboud University’s academic hospital, is a frontrunner in personalized and digital healthcare. Our region also boast companies that make an impact on healthcare, including Synthon, TropIQ, Siza Groep and Vaxxinova.

From Health to High Tech

Nijmegen is a combination of a university city and a technology city. NXP Semiconductors, the country’s largest chip manufacturer (which has been based in the Nijmegen region for more than 60 years), provides a firm foundation of high-tech facilities and manufacturing expertise. In collaboration with the innovative strength, research skills and knowledge of Radboud University, Radboudumc and the HAN University of Applied Sciences (Arnhem/Nijmegen), successful companies such as MercaChem and Synthon form a complete ecosystem for enterprises and innovations at the interface of High-Tech Life Sciences, Health, Chemistry and Biochemistry.


There is an ever-growing link between pharmacology and medical devices. The increasing connection between them is particularly apparent in the areas of biomarkers, diagnostics and ICT. Biomarkers form the basis for early diagnosis and possible prevention of various illnesses. They are coupled to diagnostics, i.e. the devices which recognise the biomarkers.


Diagnostics stimulates more effective treatment methods and hence personalised medicine (tailor-made treatment). That is the case for both high-tech solutions and blood-analysis chips, as well as for low-end devices (point of care) for consumers at home. Diagnostics requires integration between high-quality nanotechnology and the disciplines of biology, chemistry and medicine. Needless to say, ICT plays a crucial role in such developments.

Our region, known as Food Valley, is home to Wageningen University and Research, which was ranked the world’s top university for agriculture in the QS World Universities Ranking 2016. Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences also conducts very innovative practical research about agri-food and the natural environment.


We are also home to cutting-edge private companies. NIZO food research in Ede is an independent research institute that specializes in food and ingredient quality, and is an expert in protein, bacteria and processing. Other innovative companies here include KraftHeinz, Unilever, FrieslandCampina, Hoogwegt Group, De Heus, CRV and Koffiebranderij Peeze.


Crossovers between Health and Food
TiFN is a Wageningen-based research institute with an advanced program in Health and Food. It offers a unique platform for academics and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and work together.
Leading research into the interaction between Food and Health is also conducted at Ziekenhuis Gelderse Vallei, the only nutrition hospital in Europe.


Diverzio is an area foundation that combines locally produced food with healthcare. And Sports Centre Papendal has developed protein-enriched food that will now be used for patients.


With Energy Business Park Arnhems Buiten and Industriepark Kleefse Waard (IPKW), Arnhem is the Dutch hotspot for clean and renewable energy development. Companies in this sector include TenneT, Alliander, DNV GL, NXP, Nexperia, DEKRA, Allego, HyGear, Elestor, IF Technology and HyEt Group.