1. A city of talend

Groningen is the main municipality and the capital city of the most northern province of the Netherlands. 
With a population of 200,000, it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. An old city, Groningen was the regional power of the northern Netherlands, a semi-independent city-state and member of the German Hanseatic League. Groningen is a university city: it houses the University of Groningen (about 30,000 students) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (about 25,000 students). Groningen is the youngest city of the Netherlands: most people are between 20-24 years old: Groningen is a city of talent.

The University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with 30,000 students. 
It is over 400 years old and is well known to be innovative and research-driven. It is rooted as the number-one knowledge hub for the Northern Netherlands. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU and the QS World University ranking lists, two of the most influential ranking lists in the academic world.

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is a city within a city located in the center of Groningen. It is one of the largest hospitals in the World, offering superregional tertiary care to the northern part of the Netherlands. 
The medical center employs almost 13,000 people; numbers almost 1500 beds; educates about 1000 PhD students per year; and provides specialty training at its state of the art facilities for over 750 physicians.

The UMCG has a strong focus on healthy ageing, initiating the cohort study LifeLines (165,000 volunteers), the Center for Geriatric Medicine and the European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). Research at the UMCG is characterised by a combination of fundamental and patient oriented clinical research. The interaction between these two stimulates the development of new opportunities, like the Biomaterials Development Center. Problems that occur in the clinical practice act as a catalyst that sets new fundamental research in motion, whereas on the other hand, fundamental research often triggers new clinical possibilities.

2. Regional theme of Healthy Ageing

The Healthy Ageing Campus is strategically located to serve a wide range of markets within Europe and beyond. The central geographical position of the Healthy Ageing Campus, combined with an excellent infrastructure, are only some of the reasons why numerous European, American and Asian companies have established their facilities on the Healthy Ageing Campus.

The Northern Netherlands has been declared a reference site in the field of Active & Healthy Ageing by the European Commission. The approach in the Northern Netherlands is integral and multidisciplinary, aimed at the total lifecycle with a special focus on prevention. Investing in prevention can, in time, save billions of euros a year, but more importantly provide us with a better quality of life.

“Bringing together applied scientific research and the private sector creates a crucible that leads to new innovations”

The Healthy Ageing Campus is located on and around the UMCG, in the city center of Groningen. It extends over an area of around 30 hectares and is the beating heart of the regional theme of Healthy Ageing. The Campus organisation is part of the UMCG and operates with a flexible team of 10 business developers to create and maintain an inspiring ecosystem where high quality researchers and entrepreneurs work together with policymakers on innovative Medical Technology & Devices and Molecules & Materials, as well as the Development, Testing and (Bio) Analysis of new Pharmaceuticals.

The Healthy Ageing Campus offers a hospitable, unburdening and amicable environment for companies in the aforementioned sectors that have collaborative ties to the university and the UMCG. There are several incubator and accelerator facilities on the Campus and most importantly, in the R&D Hotel. The R&D Hotel offers flexible work-, office- and meeting facilities that can be customised to individual needs. Many entrepreneurs and researchers work together in the innovative atmosphere of the R&D Hotel.

3. Nothing tops Groningen

The Northern Netherlands is centrally located between the economic centers of the Netherlands (Randstad), Germany (Hamburg and Ruhr) and the Baltic Rim. The area is known for its industrial focus, whereas the service sector is growing rapidly. Regional strengths include energy, water technology, agribusiness, life sciences and chemical industry. The Healthy Ageing Campus hosts more than 400 subsidiaries in foreign companies for a broad range of economic sectors, such as Procter & Gamble, PPG, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, IBM, Teijin, Sara Lee, Tata, RWE, Kikkoman, SCA and ASUS. The region has an airport in Groningen and is situated between several international airports. The region has fast, direct connections by road, rail and via waterways to Rotterdam, Northern Germany and the Ruhr area, and to the Baltic and Scandinavian hinterland.

The Netherlands has a superior logistics and technology infrastructure.The Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest and most important seaport, while Schiphol Airport is ranked as Europe’s best airport for both cargo and passenger transport. The Netherlands is also classified as one of the world’s most ‘wired’ countries; a dynamic force in electronic commerce, communications

and outsourcing. This makes the Netherlands an ideal base for companies seeking to take advantage of modern technology.

The Netherlands is proud to have a high standard of living, whilst maintaining an affordable life for its residents. The costs of living, housing, education and cultural activities are lower than in most Western-European countries. Furthermore, all sorts of cultural and leisure activities are open to both Dutch citizens and visitors alike. The new expatriate is soon made to feel that the Netherlands is a most welcoming and entertaining country.

The Netherlands is Europe’s trading crossroads, making it an international business environment and an obvious choice to locate a pan-European operation. The country’s pro-business environment creates a gateway to Europe that helps international companies succeed throughout the continent. An international outlook and openness to foreign investment is firmly ingrained in Dutch culture, yielding a wealth of world-class business partners who know how to deal with global business challenges in today’s economy.

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