Innovation Partners

Innovation Partners

Research Support Office (UMC Utrecht) uitklapper, klik om te openen

The Research Support Office (RSO) of UMC Utrecht is the point of contact for researchers with questions about international grants for research and innovations. The RSO is the liaison between researchers and the EU in Brussels.

Utrecht University

Medicine education at UMC Utrecht is part of the total education offered by Utrecht University (UU). Furthermore, there is close cooperation in research with other Life Sciences disciplines of the UU, including Veterinary Medicine, Biology and Pharmacy. Life Sciences is thereby one of UU's four overarching strategic themes. Each faculty within UU also has its own Research Support Office (RSO).

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht) offers a wide range of HBO programs for students and professionals in the fields of health care, biology and medical laboratory research. This makes it an important partner for education, research and cooperation in the field of healthcare and life sciences, such as with the expertise center U Create.

Innovation uitklapper, klik om te openen

Utrecht Life Sciences

The goal of ULS is to foster collaboration in the fields of life sciences education, research and innovation by providing state-of-the art infrastructures and scientific talent as well as access to grants and funds in this area. Focus areas include Public Health, Cancer, Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells, Healthcare Innovation and Molecular Life Sciences.


THINC. is part of the UMC Utrecht Julius Center. THINC. has all the expertise to determine the efficacy, usability and cost-effectiveness of healthcare innovations. In the multidisciplinary team care innovation researchers work together: physicians, nurses, paramedics, implementation experts, public health experts, ethicists, HTA-ers, statisticians and (clinical) epidemiologists.

Julius support

The Julius Center offers support in setting up and conducting medical scientific research. The goal is to make a positive contribution to the proper design of human-related research, to the quality and integrity of data and statistical analyses, and to the quality of reporting on these.


To provide more personalized care, the UMC Utrecht deploys eHealth support, among other things. This gives patients more insight into their health, care is offered exactly when needed and desired, and there is continuous proximity to a doctor or nurse. UMC Utrecht does this together with patients and their partners, but also with care providers outside the hospital and (communication) technology companies.

Data analysis uitklapper, klik om te openen

The UMC Utrecht has a great deal of healthcare data at its disposal from various sources. For example, DNA, radiology images, laboratory results or data from the electronic patient file. Thanks to new technologies, this data can be used for more purposes to provide more tailored care to patients. By analyzing this data, we develop prediction models that can predict the course of their disease specifically for each patient. UMC Utrecht is exploring the possibilities of data analysis for healthcare together with data and IT specialists.


U CREATE is the expertise center for 'Future Health Design' of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and UMC Utrecht, Rabobank and Ordina. U CREATE connects the world of care and well-being with the Dutch creative industry for the development of new products, services and experiences in the areas of care, cure and prevention. The starting point is always Doctor+Designer=Patient Focus.

Ureka Mega Challenge

The Ureka Mega Challenge is a UMC Utrecht innovation competition for students, researchers and staff who have an innovative idea to improve healthcare. The ideas will be judged by a "Dragons" jury with innovation expertise from different corners of healthcare, science and business. Winners will receive both financial and substantive support.

Commercialization uitklapper, klik om te openen

Utrecht Holdings

Utrecht Holdings is the Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) of Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht. Utrecht Holdings focuses on the knowledge exploitation and commercialization of academic research and supports researchers in developing, protecting, marketing and spin-off creation of innovations, particularly in the fields of biotech, medtech, education and ICT.


Pontes Medical is embedded in UMC Utrecht, VUmc and AMC and is an innovation partner for physicians and researchers and companies for developing, investing and marketing medical technology. In collaboration with the business community, Pontes realizes innovations for affordable care, safer care and actually brings products closer to the patient.


UtrechtInc is the startup incubator of Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Entrepreneurs and researchers find support here to successfully set up their (IT) company. They get access to startup capital, office facilities and a network of mentors. In the startup program they work at an accelerated pace towards a scalable business model, paying customers and a working product. UtrechtInc has now supported more than 150 startups. The focus is on e-Health, e-Climate and e-Learning.

Research facilities & campus uitklapper, klik om te openen

Utrecht Science Park

Utrecht Science Park (USP) is the beating heart of Europe's most competitive region. At the USP, knowledge institutions, research institutes and companies work intensively together to find new solutions for a longer and healthier life, now and in the future. The USP is the central point of contact for campus development, research facilities, business accommodation and for innovation cooperation between knowledge institutions and external parties in a broad sense.


The Medical Technology & Clinical Physics (MTKF) cluster at UMC Utrecht is responsible for the application of medical devices in research and care. The MTKF can help with questions about medical devices in a clinical scientific study. The Prototype Facility of MTKF can assist partners in the documented realization of medical devices suitable for clinical studies in the UMC Utrecht.

Other uitklapper, klik om te openen

Elevate Health

Elevate Health consists of a passionate team of e-learning experts. Elevate advises, designs and develops online and blended academic education. This using innovative learning methods that accommodate differences in learning preferences, level and pace. Interaction between participants and with the instructor plays an important role. Together with founding fathers UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, Elevate works every day for nearly 7,000 teachers and researchers across 7 faculties.


The Utrecht region is unique in terms of knowledge density and opportunity for entrepreneurs when it comes to self-management. Many innovations in self-management & eHealth, however, fail prematurely due to lack of knowledge exchange, test environments, restrictive regulations, funding and bureaucracy and thus deliver no benefit for the citizen, the professional or the Utrecht economy. 

Public Meets Private

Strengthening existing relationships and cashing in on opportunities for new alliances is key. Only by working together can beautiful innovations and good ideas be realized and patient care improved.

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