Background of the Health Axis Europe Alliance

In 2011 three biomedical clusters in Cambridge (UK), Leuven (Belgium) and Heidelberg (Germany) formed a strategic alliance called “Health Axis Europe”. In 2015 the two clusters Brightlands (NED) and Copenhagen (DK) enlarged the Health Axis Europe.

Shortfilm about the Health Axis Europe Alliance (3:24min)

Global challenges

In a global knowledge economy the formation of strong clusters is crucial in order to establish international competitiveness and thus accelerate innovation and economic growth. An even stronger acceleration effect can be achieved by connecting the local resources and networks of leading clusters through a strategic partnership.

Five biomedical clusters with a common innovation culture

The biomedical clusters in Cambridge, Leuven, Heidelberg (Rhine-Neckar), Maastricht (Brightlands) and Copenhagen share a common innovation culture, are comparable in strength and have complementary areas of expertise:

  • All five clusters are centered around internationally outstanding universities with excellent health sciences and a strong tradition in top education and research.
  • All five clusters have a substantial health industry base and are driven by strong key individuals that are personally committed to foster economic growth and entrepreneurship.
  • All 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).

Press Release Constitution of Health Axis Europe signed.


General inquiries

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