Welcome by the chairman
This year’s theme is Transition in Healthcare. Forced by demographics, social and economic factors and driven by technological innovations healthcare is going through transition. From health to vitality; from treatment to prevention; from open surgery to minimal invasive interventions; from shotgun treatment to personalized medicine; from hospital to care at home; from innovating for the patients to innovating with the patients: all will be discussed on the next edition of Innovation for Health!
We, the Dutch are good in initiating and facilitating this transition, using our collaboration and partnering skills. Sharing knowledge and innovating together is also demonstrated in an increasing number of public private partnerships in the Life Sciences and Health sector, where knowledge institutes and companies, work together supported by the government on innovation and subsequent implementation and valorization. The funding agencies are also helping. ZonMW and NWO-TTW are teaming up with charities like Dutch Heart Foundation, Dutch Cancer Society, Dutch Kidney Foundation and the Topsectors Life Science and Health and High Tech Systems and Materials. The Dutch government will significantly increase the budget for fundamental and applied research and the healthcare transition plays an important role in the National Science Agenda.
At Innovation for Health 2018 you can meet all stakeholders and discuss your contribution to Transition in Healthcare. I know you will be successful, if only because you are one of those stakeholders. See you on February 1st, 2018!