Health Axis Europe HAE R & D Community Science-Match HAE Accelerator

Welcome to the Health Axis Europe Website

The Health Axis Europe (HAE) is a strategic alliance initiated by the biomedical clusters Cambridge (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Heidelberg (Germany), Maastricht (Netherlands), and Copenhagen (Denmark) in order to cross-leverage innovation resources and thus jointly increase the international competitiveness.


The Health Axis Europe Partnering (HAEP) Project

The project aims to bundle the innovative strengths of science and industry and will provide a new tool for facilitated international knowledge exchange between academia and small and medium sized enterprises on the one side and global healthcare companies on the other. It effectively matches innovation seekers with innovators from a broad international network. In the BMBF funded validation phase (2018-2019) a concept of the new matching tool will be developed, tested and validated. The HAEP Team works closely with technology transfer offices and other innovation engines within the network.

Partners and Project Funding:

The Health Axis Europe Partnering  (HAEP) project partners include BioRN, Ci3, the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, University of Heidelberg (Research Campus M2OLIE), and the Health Axis Europe cluster partners KU Leuven, Brightlands Maastricht Campus and University of Copenhagen. Starting in January 2018, the project partners will develop and validate the Health Axis Partnering Project over a period of two years (till December 31st 2019)). The aim is the long-term implementation of the platform after this period.

Find more information here

The European Health Catapult

EIT Health and the Health Axis Europe (HAE) invite micro and small enterprises, spin-offs and start-ups from all over Europe to submit applications for the European Health Catapult, a training and selection program for the best European teams in Medtech, Biotech and Digital Health.

Participation in the European Health Catapult will accelerate your market entry and access to funding. Join us on a journey of intensive one-on-one business plan mentoring, pitch and deal negotiation training as well as exposure to high level international networks of investors, potential partners and fellow entrepreneurs.

Apply till April 27 for the European Health Catapult 2018!





The HAE Accelerator

The Health Axis Europe (HAE) Accelerator 2013 was a pan-European program to identify, train and connect the best health technology start-up teams from leading innovation hubs in Europe with international venture capital funds. The program is open for participants from geographically defined areas around the HAE partner clusters Cambridge (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Maastricht (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Heidelberg (Germany).

The 2nd edition of an HAE Accelerator will start 2017.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!


University of Copenhagen joins European health elite

Knowledge, growth and visions for future health. These will be the keywords when the University of Copenhagen formally becomes part of the strategic alliance ‚Health Axis Europe‘ on Thursday 27 August 2015 at 14.00. The alliance collaborates on sharing resources across Europe and strengthening the competitiveness through healthcare innovation.

Read the press release.

Maastricht joins the Health Axis Europe

The health research region Maastricht joins the Health Axis Europe. The four leading locations Cambridge (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Maastricht (Netherlands), and Heidelberg (Germany) form an alliance to foster innovation in health across Europe.

Read the press release.


General inquiries

Dr. Birgit Rogell,
Coordination Office Heidelberg/Rhine-Neckar