WTC Twente organized a Medical Tour in collaboration with the Center for Medical Imaging Northeast Netherlands (CMINEN) is the first open innovation cluster in the field of medical imaging techniques in Northern and Eastern Netherlands.

This aims to enhance the knowledge and improve the technology  development as well as  the innovations in medical sector  in Eastern Netherlands.  Northern Germany was selected to be destination for this Medical Tour because numerous companies in region Hamburg, Kiel and Lübeck are well-known for their expertise in pharmaceutical.

Northern Germany

The healthcare industry is one of the main pillars in the German economy and 23 billion revenue is earned in 2013 from medical technology industry. This has helped Germany to be largest market in Europe when it comes to health, medical technology and Life Science & Health (LSH).  Northern Germany is one of the core regions in LSH Sector with approximately 500 innovative companies offering more than 20,000 job opportunities. The renowned companies in the region ae Dräger Medical, Philips Deutschland, Olympus Medical, soring, Weinmann, as well as reputable research institutes, Fraunhofer, the Bernhard-Nocht-Institut and several university clinics.

Hamburg has become an industrial centre with its 1.7 million population and the port of Hamburg.  This dynamic region certainly offers plenty of room for innovation especially in pharmaceutical industry. Strategically located next to Germany,  Dutch entrepreneurs can absolutely take greater advantage.

Individual Matchmaking

WTC Twente arranges the matchmaking between the participants and the German companies in the Medical Tour based on companies of profile and interest. Meetings are arranged with potential German’s business partners (end customers, agents, distributors or technology partner). Participants is arranged for 3 – 5 interviews which generally consists of a group of companies, researchers and medical specialists).  The goal is to achieve health care innovations with a focus on stimulating economic growth between North Germany and primarily companies from Overijssel.


Tuesday 22nd September  – Introduction to Doing Business in Germany and visit to Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

Wednesday 23rd September – Company visits and individual matchmaking

Thursday 24th September – Company visits

Trade mission and matchmaking talks are sponsored by the province of Overijssel. Particiapting companies are responsible for any and all self-expenses.

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