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Healthcare industry in Flanders

Flanders is clearly a hotspot for the life sciences and health industries. In particular, the region is home to a highly developed healthcare industry, where patient interests and business go hand in hand.

Health and care innovation in Flanders

Flanders is not only home to pioneering university hospitals and numerous healthcare research groups and departments; the region also has many diverse centers of expertise and various other innovation and business partners for the health and care industry.

All the talent at hand

Flanders connects your business with top managers, doctors, scientists, technicians and personnel in the health and care industry. Apart from dedicated healthcare and life sciences education tracks at its five universities, the region also enables access to:

  • the MBI Life Sciences & Health academy, an entrepreneurial training course available in both the Netherlands and Flanders;
  • life sciences internships at biotechnology SMEs, as part of the OPINNO program;
  • the Flanders Training Network Life Sciences (FTNLS) – a joint initiative of Flanders’ universities and the VIB life sciences institute;
  • a broad range of training programs at VIB for life sciences researchers that cover emerging research domains and technologies.

Specific incentives

Flanders offers various incentives that are particularly relevant to research-intensive sectors like the healthcare industry. Examples include:

  • investment deduction for R&D – 13.5% of acquisition value/qualifying asset or 20.5% of the depreciated amount;
  • exemption of payment of 80% – of the personal income withholding tax of researchers in certain scientific fields;
  • innovation income deduction – up to 85% of a firm’s net earnings from innovation is tax exempt.

R&D tax incentives in Flanders

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