Rosenthal visits life sciences and health sector in Maastricht
On Tuesday 19 June, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal visited Maastricht Health Campus, the hub of the Dutch life sciences and health sector, including Maastricht University Hospital (UMC+).
One of the issues the minister discussed was international cooperation in research and between hospitals. The minister’s visit included a tour of the Maastricht Study research centre, which is conducting ground-breaking research into the causes of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Mr Rosenthal also met with life science and health companies and talked about their international activities and ambitions, obstacles to doing business across borders, and how embassies could support their ventures.
‘In all my talks, I emphasised the role of our embassies and consulates and the added value they offer,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘There are plenty of opportunities for this sector abroad. Here in Maastricht, I was introduced to good products and ideas for which there is certainly a market abroad.’
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal took a look behind the scenes of the Maastricht Study, a five-year population study into diabetes and other chronic diseases among 10,000 residents of Maastricht. The Maastricht Study is internationally unique owing to its large scale and broad scope, and as an example of international cooperation between business and research partners in the life sciences and health sector.