Leuven plays a leading role in the European knowledge economy and has a solid track record in health and life sciences.
Leuven’s healthcare and health science are some of the best in world. . The University Hospital (UZ Leuven) is one of Europe's most modern and well-equipped hospitals where education, advanced research and medical care come together.
Knowledge institutions KU Leuven, imec and VIB all have a strong focus on biomedical R&D. They collaborate with global players in the pharmaceutical and health care industries, and have set up numerous spin-off companies with global appeal.
Medical software and IT applications developed in Leuven are known for their reliability and innovative approach. Nexuz Health, an integrated IT-system to digitally manage patient files, is being used by over 15 hospitals in Flanders. Among them two of Leuven MindGate's founding members UZ Leuven and Regionaal Ziekenhuis Heilig Hart.
Belgium is held in high regard when it comes to biomedical R&D, partly because of the highest number of clinical tests per capita worldwide. Researchers followed excellent education, equipment is state of the art and the procedure to start Phase 1 studies is Europe's fastest.