INeurope Life Sciences 


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Projectbeschrijving INeurope Life Sciences 

Euregio Meuse-Rhine

At the intersection of the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, with Aachen, Liège and Maastricht as its largest towns, the Euregio Maas-Rhine is home to 3.8 million people. An increasing number of founders and existing companies actively exploit the numerous advantages offered in our region through the direct proximity to these borders.
For over ten years now AGIT has cultivated a growing
euregional network, primarily with the regional economic development agencies SPI+, WfG Ostbelgien, NV Industriebank LIOF and GOM Limburg on the Belgian and Dutch sides of the border. Its goal is to further improve the climate for new companies and investment in the Euregio and strengthen the economic co-operation between the regions. A main emphasis lies in the establishment of euregional networks in selected technological fields, e.g. in the joint initiative INeurope Life Sciences.

To improve the exploitation of European funding in the region, an euregional information service on EU-funding programmes was set up and is managed by AGIT. The Eurode Business Centre, located directly on the German-Dutch border in Kerkrade (NL) and Herzogenrath (D), was opened in June 2001 and houses numerous service providers.

Victoria Appelbe M.A.
Fon +49 (0)241/963-1060
Fax +49 (0)241/963-1033

INeurope Life Sciences

The INeurope Life Sciences project was originally set up in 1999 by the euregional economic developers AGIT, NV Industriebank LIOF, City of Maastricht and SPI+. The field of life sciences (medical and biotechnology) was chosen for cross-border collaboration since all three regions have considerable and diverse strengths in this area. The main initial objective was inward investment attraction by means of joint marketing of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. The economic and R&D potential of the Euregio in life sciences was presented at numerous regional, national and international trade fairs and conferences.
These activities are now being extended in order to meet the growing demand for cross-border knowledge transfer, for information brokering and for assistance with cross-border business relations. This second project phase will be realised together with the RWTH Aachen, the University of Liège and the University of Maastricht. This collaboration aims at an integrated and sustainable approach to the stimulation of life sciences in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. Financial support from the European Union is being sought until 2004.

Dr. Ute Schelhaas 
Fon +49 (0)241/963 - 1063
Fax +49 (0)241/963 - 1033



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