Health Axis Europe (HAE)

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The European health technology clusters in Cambridge (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Heidelberg (Germany), Maastricht (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark) have formed a new alliance to cross-leverage their innovation resources.


The purpose of the Health Axis Europe initiative is to cross-leverage the innovation resources and thus jointly increase the international competitiveness of the clusters in Cambridge, Leuven, Heidelberg, Maastricht and Copenhagen.

The clusters share a common innovation culture, are comparable in strength and have complementary areas of expertise. All five clusters are located around internationally outstanding universities with excellent health sciences and a strong tradition in top education and research. They have a substantial health industry base and are driven by strong key individuals that are personally committed to foster economic growth and entrepreneurship.

In addition, the five clusters are focused on complementary health technology areas covering regenerative medicine and stem cells (Cambridge), medical electronics and nanotechnology (Leuven) as well as personalized medicine and cancer research (Heidelberg).

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