Hubrecht Institute partners up with Top Sector Life Sciences & Health

20 November 2015

Wouter de Laat and Eva van Rooij, group leaders at the Hubrecht Institute, enter a public-private partnership with the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH). 'This strengthens basic research', says Alexander van Oudenaarden, Director of the Hubrecht Institute.

The Top Sector has been appointed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to strengthen the Dutch economy and society. Nine selected top sectors have the potential to make a significant contribution to global societal challenges.

'Basic research forms the basis for developments within the Life Sciences and Health sector', according to prof. Jan Raaijmakers, chairman of the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health. 'The Top Sector LSH is excited to collaborate with high quality institutes, like the Hubrecht Institute, which clearly distinguishes itself on a global scale in the field of developmental and stem cell biology.'

Top sector LSH includes a wide range of disciplines, from pharmaceuticals to medical technology, from infrastructure within healthcare to vaccinations. To realize the mission of the Top Sector – vital functioning citizens in a healthy economy – the Top Sector builds on the innovative strengths of the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector. This way the sector is able to address the major societal challenge in prevention, cure and care: improving functioning and vitality, while the costs of health care can be decreased.

Alexander van Oudenaarden: 'It is great to see how already existing partnerships between the Hubrecht Institute and the industry are now also supported by the top sectors. This not only makes it possible to accelerate the process from scientific discovery to product, but also strengthens basic research, which is crucial for future innovation.'

About the Hubrecht Institute

The Hubrecht Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Presently there are 20 research groups with a total of about 200 employees. In addition to a highly interactive and international scientific environment, excellent research facilities are available for imaging and functional genomics. Moreover, several model organisms are present, including C. elegans, zebrafish and mice. The institute is situated in Utrecht at the university centre De Uithof. The Hubrecht Institute is affiliated with the University Medical Center Utrecht and has close connections with Utrecht University, e.g. in the Graduate School Cancer Genomics and Development Biology.

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