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Leuven plays a leading role in the European knowledge economy and has a solid track record in health and life sciences. The city is home to a number of university hospitals that rank among the most modern and well-equipped in Europe. These institutions bring together education, advanced research and medical care in a single location.

With its knowledge institutions, hospitals, technology clusters and spin-offs, Leuven is at the crossroads of healthcare and technology. There is a strong focus on biomedical research & development and collaboration with global players in pharmaceutics and health care. This has resulted in numerous spin-off companies with a global reach. Leuven is also home to several technology platforms that focus on medical technologies, drug development, antibodies, neuroelectronics and nutrition. 

Did you know?

  • Medical research in Flanders can count on the support of Belgium’s dense medical network of 167 well equipped hospitals (7 university hospitals).
  • The concentration of biopharma firms is unique in Flanders, with companies such as Janssen Pharmaceutica (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer, GSK vaccines, UCB, Roche Diagnostics, Novartis, Sanofi … all within 1 hour drive. 
  • Pfizer has it second largest production site in Flanders. 
  • Flanders is European leader in the number of clinical trials.
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