Groningen is a main cradle of knowledge in the area of Healthy Ageing and various research institutes such as the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) and Lifelines attest to this. Recent developments include the launch of the the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, the building of the dedicated Healthy Ageing Campus next to the University Medical Centre Groningen, and the award of top Dutch honours and prize to Professor Ciska Wijmenga.
According to the latest EU innovation monitor, Groningen ranks as the third Dutch city in the biotech field (after Amsterdam and Leiden) due to the high number of companies, highly educated employees, and turnover of dedicated life sciences enterprises in the region.
As in other key sectors, collaboration between the knowledge institutes and the public and private sector characterises the Groningen approach to the health and life sciences field. Education, fundamental and clinical research programmes feed into entrepreneurial networks such as the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands (HANNN) and Health Hub Roden. Start-ups in the health sector are supported by Triade, a daughter organisation of the University Medical Centre Groningen for incubation and investment support for innovation in Health and Life Sciences.
Because of this clear focus and successful collaboration, the European Commission has marked North Netherlands as a leading region for Active and Healthy Ageing.